Once a special treat reserved for children’s birthdays, these days balloons mark many different occasions calling for symbols of joy or release. But for wildlife, balloons often mean nothing but trouble, particularly when set free.
With engaging stories and spectacular photography, Defenders of Wildlife's magazine provides readers with a behind-the-scenes look at what biologists and conservationists are doing to protect imperiled wild animals and plants.
The votes are in and the winner is…the gray wolf! Nearly 1.5 million Coloradans voted to pass Proposition 114, a ballot measure directing state wildlife officials to develop a science-based plan with public input to reintroduce wolves to western Colorado—with some 17 million acres of public lands—by December 2023.
In Colorado, remote cameras strategically placed along a path peppered with paw prints stand ready to provide photographic evidence that gray wolves are venturing into the Southern Rockies for the first time in a century.