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Meridian Institute

Colorado Wolf Management Working Group

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

Meridian provided process design and facilitation services for the 14-member Colorado Wolf Management Working Group, which was convened by the Colorado Division of Wildlife to develop recommendations for how to manage wolves when they begin migrating into Colorado from adjacent states. Comprised of wildlife biologists, local government representatives, ranchers, sportsmen, and wildlife advocates, the Working Group met monthly beginning in June 2004. They addressed wolf management strategies and tools, livestock damage payments, conservation of prey populations, information and education, budget and fundraising for wolf management, and other pertinent issues.


The Working Group reached agreement on a comprehensive package of recommendations in December 2004, and presented its recommendations to Coloradoans for public comment in early 2005. The Group reconvened in March 2005 to review the public comments received, and then submitted their final recommendations to the state. In May 2005, the Wolf Management Working Group’s recommendations were adopted by the Colorado Wildlife Commission.

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