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1st gray wolf pups since 1940s spotted in Colorado

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FILE – This June 3, 2020, file image released by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows a wolf on a state game camera in Moffat County, Colo. Colorado wildlife officials say the first gray wolf pups since the 1940s have been spotted in the state. Gov. Jared Polis’ office said in a news release Wednesday, June 9, 2021, that a state biologist and district wildlife manager each spotted the litter of at least three wolf pups over the weekend. (Colorado Parks and Wildlife via AP, File)

DENVER (AP) — State wildlife officials say the first gray wolf pups since the 1940s have been spotted in Colorado.

Governor Jared Polis’ office said in a news release Wednesday that a state biologist and district wildlife manager each spotted the litter of at least three wolf pups over the weekend. The pups were with their parents, two adult gray wolves are known to live in the state.

The discovery comes after Colorado voters narrowly approved a ballot measure last year that requires that the state to reintroduce the animal on public lands in the western part of the state by the end of 2023.

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