Wolf sightings are on the rise in Colorado, with evidence that a pack is roaming a remote area. Several people have claimed to have seen this predator since then, including a wolf-like creature approaching a campsite on several occasions.
Two hikers saw what they believe to be a wolf, a 100-pound “beigey-white canid,” according to the Aspen Times. At the time of the sighting, they were hiking along a trail at Crater Lake, which is a popular route for visitors to Aspen’s iconic Maroon Bells. The animal was only seen for a few moments before disappearing into the woods.
The shuttle stop that drops visitors off at the edge of Maroon Lake to see the Maroon Bells is located further away from Crater Lake. Crater Lake is reachable via a short hike, but the lack of restrooms and a paved access point makes it feel much more remote.
Though another wolf was recently confirmed to be present in North Park, the first confirmed pack of wolves in Colorado in decades was spotted in Moffatt County. A credible sighting was also reported in the Laramie River Valley, though no hard evidence has been found.
A wolf-like creature in Grand County has recently been reported to approach campsites, although the lack of physical evidence indicates that it could have been another canid species. A wolf approaching a campsite would be unusual.Before the recent confirmation of a pack, wolves had been declared extinct in Colorado for decades.
Wolves, despite their lethal potential, generally avoid humans, making them less of a threat to hikers.