In a release today, the National Park Service states the wolf population in the Yukon-Charley National Preserve has decreased by 50 percent since last fall. The Park Service says the decline “coincides with predator control efforts by Alaska Department of Fish and Game conducted near the preserve.”
In November, Park Service biologists counted 80 wolves in nine packs in the region. They say hunters and trappers typically take about six wolves near the Preserve each winter. This spring, biologists took advantage of the late season snow fall to survey wolves in the Preserve by air. They counted up to 39 wolves in six packs. The agency says it‘s the steepest decline on record for wolves in the Yukon-Charley National Preserve.
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