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Alaska’s Wolves Face Hunter-Driven Decline, Admits Park Officials

posted Jun 27, 2015, 5:49 PM by chloe owens   [ updated Jun 27, 2015, 5:51 PM ]

5/11/15, by Brian Stallard, Nature World News

Alaska’s Wolves Face Hunter-Driven Decline, Admits Park Officials

…wolves in Alaska are not protected under state law or by the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).  With estimated numbers reaching up to 11,200 as of 2013, hunters, loggers, and farmers in Alaska are permitted to kill these deadly predators for self-protection or even sport.  While this has seemed harmless in the past, new research indicates that wolf mortality rates in Alaska’s Denali National Park have recently spiked to worrying levels, with the lowest estimated wolf density since monitoring began in 1986…the “unprecedented” decline of the Denali wolf population began in the winter of 2007, “when about 10% of the entire park population was killed by trappers and hunters northeast of the park.”

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/14626/20150511/alaskas-wolves-face-hunter-driven-decline-admits-park-officials.htm

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