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Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced this week that two reintroduced gray wolves have successfully reproduced in Grand County with a confirmed sighting of the first wolf pup. Because the two have bred, they are officially considered a pack and have been named the Copper Creek Pack. It is possible other pups may be present, because wolf litters typically consist of four to six pups.

“This confirmation of reproduction by two of the newly released gray wolves is truly exciting and marks a critical milestone of a successful reintroduction to the Southern Rockies,” said Kaitie Schneider, Rockies and Plains Representative at Defenders of Wildlife. “As this pack grows, and the remaining wolves continue to search for mates and territory, we are committed to advancing and advocating for coexistence tools to help ensure we may all share this great landscape.”

Defenders of Wildlife has been heavily involved in Colorado’s gray wolf reintroduction program, and continues to work with the state, groups and individuals to facilitate coexistence. 

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