That is the lowest number in 25 years.
The survey of the national park’s nine wolf packs was conducted in October. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says this year’s number is down from 72 wolves in eight packs last year.
In 2007, there were 143 wolves counted in the park, and that was an all-time high.
The decreased number has some calling for reinstatement of a protective buffer zone for wolves along the park’s northeast boundary. The buffer zone was eliminated by the Alaska Board of Game in 2010 in a move that opened up state land outside the park to hunting and trapping.