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It’s far past time for Alaska to protect Denali wolves with a buffer zone

sam.cotten@alaska.gov

One of the two remaining East Fork wolves of Denali National Park was shot this past weekend by a trophy hunter at a bear baiting station just outside park boundaries.

This is a historic loss. It leaves just one remaining member of the wolf group studied by Dr. Adolph Murie, the subjects of his groundbreaking 1944 book, “The Wolves of Mount McKinley”.

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via It’s far past time for Alaska to protect Denali wolves with a buffer zone

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2 thoughts on “It’s far past time for Alaska to protect Denali wolves with a buffer zone

  1. Pierre says:

    Wow ! So sad ! I guess the worst part is to read comments where people say there’s just enough protected areas to ad more protected areas for these wolves, or other asking to be able to hunt moose in the protected areas in order to make for the moose that are killed out of the protected areas by the wolves.

    Here in France, we have the same problems with wolves and bears. Some people want the state to stop protecting them. There’s a huge hypocrisy in the West, come to think of it : we ask poor African countries to save elephants, lions, etc. while we can’t bear the costs of protecting some wolves and bears. Depressing !

    • Hi Pierre, thank you so much to take the time and express your opinion. It seems the world is divided in two camps, one that is concerned about conservation and one that isn’t. In this situation it is obvious that the largest National Park in the US is not large enough to protect and sustain a pack of wolves that roam. Once they get out of the boundaries of the park, they are shot like dogs at their food bowl. I do not understand the attraction of that.
      It is my hope that more people recognize the beauty of diversity, although I also have my doubts.

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