Wolf Population Soars on Alaska Island, Kill Quota Increased

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The wolf population on Alaska‘s Prince of Wales Island has soared, prompting federal and state officials to decide that hunters will be allowed to kill 20 percent of them. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement that hunters will be permitted to kill […]

Senate Passes CRA to Restore Wildlife Management Authority to State of Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2017 – Today, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 69 sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK). The joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act will overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in […]

House Overturns Obama-Era Law to Protect Alaskan Bears and Wolves

Hunters could once again go after bears, wolves and other predators in national wildlife refuges across Alaska if an Obama-era federal law is overturned by Congress and gets the president’s approval. Supporters of repealing the rule, which was issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in August, got a boost Thursday when the House […]

Congress Says You Should Be Able To Kill Bears And Wolves From Airplanes In Alaska

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Congress took its first step toward repealing a ban on shooting wolves and bears from airplanes, along with other hunting activities that were halted by the Obama administration, across large wildlife refuges in Alaska. The House of Representatives voted 225 to193, largely along party lines, to undo a recent Department of […]

U.S. Senator Says Wolves in Southeast Alaska are Not Endangered

This is a copy of a letter sent to Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from Senator Dan Sullivan, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Subcommittee of Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife. Follow this link to read the letter.

Predator Run-Ins Threaten Hikers in Chugach – Alaska

“A Fish and Game biologist says three wolves appear to have killed a hiker’s dog before stalking the dog’s owner on a popular trail just outside Anchorage last month. Another hiker’s account of a similar incident on a nearby trail may leave some wondering if canid predators are a growing threat on local trails. “After […]

Apparent wolf attack that killed dog a lesson on what to do during an encounter

“Battle said the dog owner initially did the wrong thing by running from the wolves. But he ultimately did the right thing by standing in place, waving and shouting at the wolves. You can’t get away by running away from a predator like a bear or a wolf, Battle said. All that does is stoke […]

A Case History of Wolf-Human Encounters In Alaska and Canada

by Mark E. McNay Executive Summary Currently there are an estimated 59,000 – 70,000 wolves (Canis lupus) in Alaska and Canada. Past reviews of wolf-human interactions concluded that wild, healthy wolves in North American present little threat to human safety. However, since 1970 some cases have appeared in the published literature documenting wolf aggression toward […]

Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Cystic Hydatid Disease

What causes hydatid disease? *Cystic hydatid disease is caused by the larvae of the tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus. *Lifecycle: The tapeworm needs two hosts: a carnivore (e.g., wolf or dog) and a herbivore (e.g., caribou). The adult tapeworm grows and lays eggs in the intestines of the carnivore. The eggs come out in the carnivore’s droppings […]

Findings Related to the March 2010 Fatal Wolf Attack near Chignik Lake, Alaska

At the time of Candice Berner’s death, author and wolf researcher Will N. Graves comments on this tragic death. From The Alaska Dispatch – December 6, 2011 “More than a year and a half after a young, Alaska teacher was found dead — apparently killed by wolves — the state Department of Fish and Game […]