Colorado wolf sighting turns out to be a pack of St. Bernard dogs

by: Dara Bitler, Nexstar Multimedia Cable

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PARK COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – The Colorado Sheriff’s Office said video of a possible wolf sighting earlier this week turned out to be footage of a group of St. Bernard dogs.

The report says the possible wolf sighting occurred Monday near Highway 285 and County Road 5, about 90 miles southwest of Denver.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office, along with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), investigated the sighting.

During the investigation, CPW and the Sheriff’s Office learned that five St. Bernard dogs that used to escape from their enclosures, went out on Monday and escaped into the “wolf” viewing area. “.

The video of the animals was taken from a very long distance and the lighting, as well as shadows, made it difficult to decipher what type of large, four-legged animals were running near a herd of elk, the sheriff’s office said.

CPW flew a plane over the area Wednesday morning and saw no evidence of injured or dead wolves or elk.

The dog’s owner was cited by Park County Animal Control for letting his dogs run in a similar incident on April 23.

In January, two dogs were attacked by wolves on a ranch near Walden. One of the dogs was killed in the incident. Several cows were also killed by wolves in Jackson County.

CPW has created a wolf sighting form for anyone to report a sighting and submit photos or video, which will help CPW document wolf activity.


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