Researchers count just 57 Denali wolves

Grey wolves. (Flickr creative commons image by Caninest)

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.

 

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