Alaska Public Media dropped an interesting piece recently about the lack of Denali National Park sightings of wolves, namely a record-low amount of animals spotted – one percent of agency wildlife surveys found wolves along the way.
Here’s more from writer Dan Bross:
Biologist and wildlife advocate Rick Steiner has been trying unsuccessfully for years to get the state to close wolf hunting and trapping on state lands along Denali’s northeastern boundary. Steiner points to the damaging impact loss of an alpha wolf can have on a pack, and makes an economic argument for why the state should care, correlating recent poor wolf viewing opportunity with dips in Denali visitor numbers and spending.
“This is kind of the goose that laid the golden egg for Alaska — if we protect it and help restore it,” he said.