Denali wolf hunting raises hackles - campaigners want a ban

Wildlife advocates are calling for an extension to the emergency ban on wolf hunting in Alaska’s Denali National Park set to begin next month.

Wolf on the move in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Wolf on the move in Denali National Park, Alaska. Image by Denali National Park and Preserve / CC BY 2.0

Earlier this year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game instituted an emergency ban on wolf hunting around the park, citing a low density of wolf numbers. The ban expired on 30 June, and it will soon be legal to hunt wolves in the area. Wildlife advocates say an extension on the ban is is necessary to improve wolf numbers, but Alaska’s state wildlife director Bruce Dale said that wolf hunting isn’t affecting wolf populations – the drop in number is likely a result of a multitude of factors including difficulty finding prey, pup mortality and other natural causes. Read more: adn.com