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Just 89 of these Alaskan wolves remain, but are they endangered?   6 comments

January 6, 2016 – Source

This image provided by the National Park Service shows a gray wolf in the wild.

Just 89 of these Alaskan wolves remain, but are they endangered? The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced Tuesday that Southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago wolf does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), even though its population has seriously declined on the Prince of Wales Island.

The USFWS suggests in a November Species Status Assessment that the Alexander Archipelago wolf population occupying Prince of Wales Island declined by 75 percent between 1994 and 2014, from 356 to 89 individuals.

The agency identified a number of stresses impacting local populations, but “most of them have the potential to affect wolves indirectly, not directly.” Notable stresses included timber harvest, climate-related events, road development, and wolf hunting.

And while climate changes and timber clearing can limit the population of deer, the wolves’ main food source, wolf hunting is the only stressor with direct mortality. Road development may seem like an arbitrary stressor, but the USFWS says it gives hunters and trappers better access to wolf populations.

All of these stresses affect individual wolves either directly or indirectly, but the USFWS said in a Tuesday press release that the island wolves don’t qualify for ESA protection because “the population does not persist in an unusual or unique ecological setting; loss of the population would not result in a significant gap in the range; and the population does not differ markedly from other populations based on its genetic characteristics.”

But wildlife advocates say the USFWS is giving up on the Southeast Alaska wolves.

“We think the US Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t get it right and that they’ve overlooked some important things,” Larry Edwards, a Forest Campaigner with Greenpeace, told Alaska Public Media. “It’s very odd to us that the Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges a 75 percent decline in the Prince of Wales wolf population and then basically writes that population off.”

The USFWS predicts the overall population of Alexander Archipelago wolves to be between 850 to 2,700 individuals, with approximately 62 percent living in British Columbia and 38 percent occupying southeastern Alaska. But advocates for Alexander Archipelago wolf protection under the ESA say the USFWS’s wide range estimates of population levels prove their lack of knowledge about the species’ actual status.

And in an indirect way, the USFWS has admitted to sacrificing this smaller wolf population.

“We do have concern for the wolf population on Prince of Wales Island,” Drew Crane, the Regional Endangered Species Coordinator at USFWS, told Maine News. “But Prince of Wales Island in general only constitutes six percent of the range-wide population of the Alexander Archipelago wolf.”

The USFWS predicts the current population of Alexander Archipelago wolves on Prince of Wales Island will continue to decrease by another eight to 14 percent over the next 30 years.

To some Alaska lawmakers, this sacrifice is just fine with them. If the USFWS had found the Alexander Archipelago wolf worthy of endangered species status, the listing process would have limited or entirely prevented timber sales in the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States.

“…The attempt by some environmental groups to list the wolf seemed to be an effort solely to end the last of the remaining timber industry in Southeast Alasaka,” US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) of Alaska, said in a press release Tuesday. “Fortunately, it did not work.”

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**TWEETSTORM ALERT** AWARENESS TWEETS   5 comments

From intheshadowofthewolf on August 2, 2015

Please send off these tweets for Denali National Park Wolves at your leisure until just before 3:00 p.m. EDT, August 5th:

1. Please join tweetstorm for Denali National Park #Wolves August 5, 3:00 EDT #StandForWolves #SaveDenaliWolves goo.gl/ItF954

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2. #SaveWolves #StandForWolves Be a voice for Alaska’s #Wolves #SaveDenaliWolves. Please join tweetstorm! Details here: goo.gl/ItF954

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3. Alaska’s #Wolves face catastrophe, Denali Wolves population plummeted to 48! #SaveDenaliWolves TWEETSTORM: goo.gl/ItF954

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4. #Alaska #Wolves #SaveDenaliWolves #SaveWolves Be a voice for imperiled park wolves. Tweetstorm: goo.gl/ItF954

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5. Demand #Alaska reinstate emergency protections for Denali National Park #Wolves #SaveDenaliWolves Tweetstorm: goo.gl/ItF954

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6. Denali National Park #Wolves should be protected from hunting/trapping Help make this happen: goo.gl/ItF954 #SaveDenaliWolves

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7. #StandForWolves The time to #SaveDenaliWolves is now! Join our tweetstorm August 5, 3:00 EDT Be a voice for #wolves goo.gl/ItF954

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8. #Wolves #SaveDenaliWolves #StandForWolves Save #ArchipelagoWolves Please tweet for more support:http://wp.me/p6o9qd-2B

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Please send off these tweets for Alexander Archipelago Wolves at your leisure until 3:00 p.m. EDT August 10th:

1.**Tweetstorm**  #Wolves  #StandForWolves  Please be a voice for Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves: https://t.co/eEorYSwIug PLS RT

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2. Alaska’s #Wolves face catastrophe, Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves population plummeted 60% in 1 yr. Be their voice:  goo.gl/R5FfLq

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3.**Tweetstorm**  #Wolves #SaveWolves #StandForWolves Be a voice for the imperiled #ArchipelagoWolves:  http://t.co/oPeXzNcwgc

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4. Demand #Alaska call off the hunting & trapping season 4  imperiled #ArchipelagoWolves PLS join tweetstorm 8/10: goo.gl/R5FfLq

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5. #ArchipelagoWolves should be protected under #ESA as an #EndangeredSpecies. Help make this happen! Tweetstorm: goo.gl/R5FfLq

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6. The time to save Alaska’s #wolves is now! Save #ArchipelagoWolves. Please join tweetstorm 8/10 #SaveWolves Help out: goo.gl/R5FfLq

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7. Alaska’s Prince of Wales #ArchipelagoWolves are nearing #Extinction. Demand emergency protection! #StandForWolves  goo.gl/R5FfLq

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Thank you, everyone, for your support. Together we can be a strong voice for our beloved wolves!

Alaska Confirms Massive Decline in Rare Wolves, Still Plans to Hunt Them   5 comments

From takepart by

JUN 20, 2015
Samantha Cowan is TakePart’s associate culture and lifestyle editor.

Another harvest could do irreversible damage to the wolf population.

Alaska Archipelago Wolf (Photo: Facebook)

In 1994 southeast Alaska was home to about 900 Alexander Archipelago wolves. By 2013, there were fewer than 250. Last year that population plummeted 60 percent to 89 wolves. New numbers confirm that the rare breed of wolves could have dropped to as few as 50.

But the diminishing species won’t stop hunters from trapping and killing the wolves, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is moving ahead with their 2015-2016 hunting and trapping season on the Prince of Wales Island, where the majority of the wolves live.

“Another open season of trapping and hunting could push these incredibly imperiled wolves over the edge,” Shaye Wolf, a biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement.

A reported 29 wolves were killed during last years hunting season—which accounts for between 33 to 58 percent of the population. Either figure means the species is in jeopardy of being completely wiped out, especially as females were hit particularly hard this season, with only seven to 32 remaining.

So, Why Should You Care? These confirmed numbers could lead to further protections for the breed—which some scientists believe are genetically different from other wolves. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is working to determine whether the species are considered threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, which could put the kibosh on hunting the animals and protect their habitat.

Such protections would impact the timber industry that logs in their range in the Tongass National Forest. The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit in 2009 to save roadless areas of the Tongass.

But the biggest threat to wolves currently is hunters, which makes the forgoing this year’s harvest seem like a no-brainer.

“To maintain a viable population of Alexander Archipelago wolves on this island, Alaska must cancel the season,” said Wolfe. “We won’t get a second chance to preserve these amazing animals.”

Correction June 22, 2015:
An earlier version of this article stated incorrectly that the population of the Alaskan Archipelgo wolf has declined. It is its subspecies living on Prince of Wales Island that has declined.

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