It’s rare for a new wolf to find its way to Prince of Wales Island and breed with a member of the local population.
Prince of Wales Island trapper argue that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been mismanaging the wolf population for years, and are putting the interests of small environmental groups above local voices.
State and federal game managers set a 30-day hunting and trapping season that closed Dec. 15.
Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s most recent fall population estimate is 386 wolves — much higher than previous counts.
Conservationists had sued unsuccessfully to block the 21-day trapping season.
Wildlife managers said they would extend the wolf harvest on Prince of Wales Island following a contentious hearing where hunters said too many wolves were preying on deer.
The Center for Biological Diversity argues Alexander Archipelago wolves are being targeted by hunters and their habitat is under threat.
The U.S. Forest Service is moving ahead with one of the largest old growth timber sales Southeast Alaska has seen in years. The project projects harvesting as much as 225 million board feet of old growth lumber.
A black bear sow attacked the man who was walking his dog about 4:30 a.m., said Tom Schumacher, the regional management coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Conservation. The Division of Wildlife Conservation is a division of Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
A homeowner shot and killed a brown bear on Douglas Island last week – the first brown bear documented on the island in more than 40 years.