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Denali Proposes New Wolf Protections

posted Apr 18, 2016, 2:06 PM by chloe owens

1/25/16, by Dan Bross, KTOO

Denali proposes new wolf protections

Denali National Park and two conservation groups are asking the Alaska Board of Game to consider proposals aimed at protecting park wolves. The proposals are not currently in line for review until next year. Denali National Park chief of resources Dave Shirokauer says the park’s proposal would eliminate overlap of state spring wolf hunting and bear baiting seasons along the park’s northeast boundary. “We do know that two members of the East Fork pack were harvested in association with a bear baiting station last spring,” Shirokauer said. He said the deaths are likely why Denali’s once popularly viewed East Fork pack did not den this past spring, an issue given the park’s overall wolf population is at an all-time low of fewer than 50 animals.