In Colorado, Proposition 114 -- which was called on Thursday, making it the tightest statewide ballot issue in the state's 2020 election -- gives Colorado Parks and Wildlife the task of crafting a plan to reintroduce wolves into the Western Slope by the end of 2023. "Colorado is the first state to reintroduce wolves at the direction of voters rather than federal wildlife biologists working under the Endangered Species Act," reports the Colorado Sun. Last week, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced that the gray wolf population in the U.S. was recovered and no longer needed the protection it has had since 1978 under the Endangered Species Act. Supporters of the measure cite the de-listing as a reason for additional statewide protections for wolves, while opponents note the opposite: that wolf populations are living healthily enough.

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