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Petition to Close Lands Outside Denali National Park to Wolf Hunting Rejected

posted Apr 3, 2015, 10:52 PM by chloe owens

3/13/15, by Laurel Andrews, Alaska Dispatch News

Petition to close lands outside Denali National Park to wolf hunting rejected

The Alaska Board of Game again rejected closing state lands northeast of Denali National Park and Preserve to wolf trapping and hunting on Friday. Board members voted unanimously to reject an emergency petition during the Alaska Board of Game meeting in Anchorage…It arises from a contentious decision in 2010 in which the Board of Game removed a buffer zone around the northeast periphery of Denali National Park where wolf hunting and trapping was prohibited. On Friday, board members discussed why wolf pack numbers within the park have reached their lowest point since the 1980s. Conservation groups contend that eliminating the buffer zone has contributed to the decline. Alaska Board of Game director Bruce Dale testified Friday that low numbers of moose and caribou were to blame for low wolf population levels.