CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (CBS4) – Two wolf-dog hybrids were spotted near Cripple Creek Wednesday. Cory Stringer took a photo of the hybrids, which were mistaken by some people on social media as wild wolves.
CBS4 has confirmed the captive wolf-dog hybrids escaped from their owner. It comes after Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed a gray wolf sighting in June in Jackson County.READ MORE: Ballpark Shooting: Michael Close Pleads Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity In Death Of Isabella Thallas, Family Says
CPW shared photos of the gray wolf on Twitter. You can see it is wearing a tracking collar.
Attempts to re-introduce gray wolves to Colorado have sparked contentious debates.
Supporters say the wolves improve the ecology and help control elk and deer herds. Some are pushing for a ballot measure asking voters to allow officials to reintroduce wolves here.
However, some ranchers are concerned that wolves will kill their livestock. They say letting voters decide whether wolves are brought back will be unfair to people who live in rural areas.
If you think you’ve seen a wolf in Colorado recently, report it here: cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/Wolf-Sighting-FormMORE NEWS: Colorado Researchers Discover Hint Of Scorching-Hot Planet Orbiting Vega