Due to extermination programs, the population of gray wolves in the US was almost entirely gone by the 1940s, but for the first time in decades, the rare wolves have been spotted in the Colorado wilderness.

A press release by representatives of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) department confirmed “the likely presence of multiple wolves in northwest Colorado,” due to the discovery of a scavenged elk carcass in Moffat County and nearby tracks. Together with an eyewitness report of six large wolves near the Wyoming and Utah border, these discoveries suggest that a pack of gray wolves is residing in northwest Colorado.

JT Romatzke, Northwest Region Manager, said in a statement, “We have no doubt that they are here, and the most recent sighting of what appears to be wolves traveling together in what can be best described as a pack is further evidence of the presence of wolves in Colorado.”

The timing of the sightings couldn’t be better as an initiative to reintroduce the gray wolf in the state of Colorado is on the ballot in Colorado for the 2020 general election. The wolves did not want to wait that long to make a comeback, it seems.