Wolves gain support

  The wolf is welcome in Colorado, say 70 percent of the respondents in a recent statewide survey. The study polled 1,452 residents and found that a majority on both sides of the Rockies support the reintroduction of the gray wolf. The results on the Western Slope surprised researchers, who had expected the region's livestock industry to manifest more opposition. The survey also showed that the most likely supporters of wolf restoration are young, urban and knowledgable about the subject. Colorado State University conducted the poll for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is studying the feasibility of returning the wolf to parts of Colorado. Researchers have already concluded there is sufficient natural prey to support wolves in most areas of the Western Slope. For more information contact Lee Carlson at the USFWS, 303/231-5280. - Anders Halverson
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