Conservation

Save the Archipelago wolves

Another species going extinct? Do you care?

© Bob Haarmans

© Bob Haarmans

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is planning a 2015-2016 trapping and hunting season on rare Alexander Archipelago wolves in the Prince of Wales Island area, despite scientific data confirming a 60 percent decline in the wolf population in just one year.

It is a long story in the making. Scientists argue whether the Alexander Archipelago wolf is a subspecies, administrators debate whether the wolf deserves to be on the Endangered Species list, hunters and trappers kill (harvest) wolves legally, and poachers take their share, too. All while this isolated wolf population is plummeting.

What can we do? If you want to sign a petition to

Bruce Dale

Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation

at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to implement emergency measures while administrators and scientists sort out their issues and opinions, please sign here.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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5 thoughts on “Save the Archipelago wolves

  1. (Almost) any species which is declining is worth saving, especially any decline due to human interference with the natural environment destroying their food source or introducing unnatural predators.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to sign a petition to save and protect these rare wolves.

    Although it can be helpful for outsiders to know all the circumstances surrounding some issues. For example, Australians were criticised for culling kangaroos in my state. The fact was that the life cycle of these animals was disturbed when farmer’s stock enroached on their natural habitat competing for food (leading to starvation and disease in the nearby kangaroo population). Bushfires, natural or those lit by the native Aboriginal population for hundreds/thousands of years ‘naturally’ controlled diseased animals (and opened the hard seed pods of many of our indigenous flora). By putting out bush fires in modern times and the introduction of non-indigenous species, white settlers in Australia have upset the balance of nature. So in this case, in country Victoria, culling the sick and starving animals by licenced and humane shooters was appropriate).

    • Well said, thanks for your comments.

      We may end up with cockroaches and rats for wildlife and freezers full with DNA from extinct species, not knowing what to do with it…

      • Dread the thought. Although I did photograph a rather cute rat raiding my bird feeder a couple of years ago and I did live in a flat in London with friends and fellow travellers and we had cockroaches all the time so we just had to get used to them.

        (Apparently they came from the flat below and headed upwards seeking water or something like that),

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