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Environmental, Economic Factors Collide in Battle Over Alaska Wolves

posted Jan 16, 2016, 10:15 PM by chloe owens

10/19/15, by William Yardley-Los Angeles Times, Alaska Dispatch News

Environmental, economic factors collide in battle over Alaska wolves

The wolf is known as the Alexander Archipelago wolf…This spring, with the approval of the U.S. Forest Service, loggers began cutting thousands of acres of old-growth trees on Prince of Wales Island in one of the largest and most controversial timber sales in the Tongass in two decades…the wolf population has been in steady decline, and cutting down more trees is expected to pressure them further. The animals den in the roofs of very large trees and prey on dear that live beneath the forest’s dense canopy. Roads built for logging cause problems too, splintering habitat and providing easier access for hunters to shoot and trap wolves, sometimes illegally.