I didn't really think about that, they are still considered endangered species in Colorado and management should fall under USFWS. I don't understand the legal side and what can and cant be done, but if Colorado votes to reintroduce, then CPW is forced to come up with a reintroduction plan, I assume it has to be approved by USFWS prior to anything being done? In all reality, why would USFWS not approve? And if they don't approve, how much money would it cost and how long would it get strung along in court due to them being sued?And who within the USFWS says the ballot initiative will force them to introduce wolves?
The population in the has been proposed for delisting, https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=A00D should this happen, then CPW would be forced to manage them if the state votes to reintroduce. However, I don't see them being delisted any time soon due to legal battles.