What is It: One of the most important wildlife movement corridors in the nation, and the most important wildlife linkage in the San Juan Mountains. Species of Concern: Canada lynx, bear, elk, and more Current Status: Threatened with the construction of a "village" for 10,000 people.
For decades, an out-of-state developer has wanted to build the “Village at Wolf Creek” – a city of 10,000 people, hotels, condos, retail shops, and parking lots – at the top of Wolf Creek Pass.
Wolf Creek Pass is a remote landscape surrounded on all sides by National Forest land. It’s also the most important wildlife linkage in the San Juan Mountains. Connecting the South San Juan Wilderness with the Weminuche Wilderness, this area provides a vital wildlife movement corridor for Canada lynx, bear, elk, and other species.
It is situated in the very heart of the San Juan Core Area for Canada lynx, which comprises the core reintroduction area and the most expansive lynx habitat in the Southern Rockies.
A huge thank you to our Wild Wolf Creek Pass partners:
Here are some things you can do to learn about the importance of wildlife corridors, and especially the one at Wolf Creek Pass:
- Background page on the Wolf Creek Pass case and San Juan Citizens Alliance’s Village at Wolf Creek story page.
- “Why wild animals need wildlife corridors,” from Mother Nature Network.
- “What is a Wildlife Corridor,” from Earth Eclipse.
- “Explore Your Curious Nature The Missing Lynx,” from Walking Mountains Science Center.
- Donate to the cause to keep Wolf Creek Pass wild. Select “Friends of Wolf Creek” so your donation goes to this cause.
- Sign up for the email to receive our Friends of Wolf Creek e-newsletters.
- Tweet about it. tweet your opposition to the development make sure to add #NoPillage to your message.
- Color in your own Canada lynx, this one too! Consider sending it to us and we’ll post it on our social media and share during Endangered Species Day Parade!
- Join us for a Wild Wolf Creek Pass Power Hour and Ask Me Anything at noon. Mark Pearson from San Juan Citizens Alliance will talk about the ecological importance of this natural wildlife corridor and Matt Sandler from Rocky Mountain Wild will talk about the status of our current litigation regarding Wolf Creek Pass. Then, we’ll open it up for your questions! If you have a question you’d like to be answered, email it to Chris ahead of the discussion or enter it in your registration. Please register to reserve your spot as space is limited.
- Learn about the importance of habitats with “Home Sweet Habitat,” from Crash Course Kids (5 minutes).
Check out our Colorado Endangered Species Week page for more days of activities!
Feel free to download our Canada lynx card below! Simply right click and save.