USFWS has issued final EIS for CO experimental wolves population

On September 15, 2023 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued its final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and draft record of decision for Colorado to establish an experimental gray wolves population. The FEIS was announced ahead of schedule as it had been expected in October. Colorado Parks and Wildlife and many organizations including CWF had urged USFWS during scoping and draft EIS to issue what is called a 10(j) designation under the Endangered Species Act.  The benefit of 10(j) is that CPW will have increased management flexibility for wolves reintroduced into Colorado. The first wolves are expected to be released in December as required by Proposition 114’s deadline of December 31, 2023.

Here is the final EIS.

USFWS also issued frequently asked questions which you can read here.