No help for Denali park's Toklat wolves April 05, 2005 10:14 AM
No help for Denali park's Toklat wolves
Denali National Park, AK, Apr. 4 (UPI) -- The Alaska Board of Game
is at odds with wildlife biologists who have been studying a pack of
wolves that live in Denali National Park.
The wolves, known as the Toklat wolves to park visitors, have been
studied for decades by wildlife biologist Gordon Haber and other
scientists. The scientists have observed the wolves' hunting
techniques, mating habits and social interdependence.
The animals are protected on federal land and have become habituated
to people, but two older wolves have recently wandered into a narrow
wedge of state land that juts into the national park's northeastern
corner in search of caribou.
"Frankly, these wolves aren't as wary of humans as the average
wolf," said Thomas Meier, a federal wildlife biologist for the park,
told the Washington Post. "Trappers usually catch young wolves,
stupid wolves, but that is not the case here. They are catching
mature animals habituated to people."
Haber and others want the state to extend a no-trapping zone to
protect the Toklat wolves.
The Alaska Board of Game, which says the state has plenty of wolves,
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