Despite what some people may assert, there is not a wild wolf population living in Colorado. Sightings within the state have come from wolves that managed to wander in from other states on their travels. However there is a wolf sanctuary in Colorado. This led to there actually being a wolf living on his own in the world for a few weeks this fall, but he still wasn't a wild one.

Mexican Wolf
Mexican Wolf

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There has not been a natural population of wolves in the state since the 1940s when the final few were killed. This is according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Because of the sightings of occasional transient wolves there are many rumors running around the internet that gray wolves, a.k.a. timber wolves, are making a comeback here. This is something that has not been substantiated by authorities.

For about a month Colorado did have its own wolf inhabiting the Rocky Mountains. The Mexican Wolf managed to escape from the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center  on November 11, 2018 -- the same day he arrived. 

Mexican Wolf
Mexican Wolf

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The one-year-old wolf, named Jack, has only one eye (one-eyed Jack, really???) made his bid to see more of the world when he found the chance. He was born in captivity and was being moved to the Center to breed with other wolves. The Mexican Wolf, a subspecies of the Gray Wolf, is an endangered species.

Jack lived to regret his little adventure since he is now recovering from a broken leg. I suppose that this is as good a time as any to mention that he was captured in the area of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Ironic, huh? I'm just glad he's home safe and sound.

Sources: Fox 31-2 News, CBS Denver, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Out There Colorado

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