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.

(credit: Cory Stringer)

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.

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                                                                                  (credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

CPW shared photos of the gray wolf on Twitter. You can see it is wearing a tracking collar.


                                                                                  (credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

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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.

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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.

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If you think you’ve seen a wolf in Colorado recently, report it here:

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