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Alaska’s Denali wolves lose their protective buffer

[large thumbnail url=”alaskas-denali-wolves-lose-their-protective-buffer” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”alaskas-denali-wolves-lose-their-protective-buffer” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”08″] According to KTUU-TV, the Alaska Board of Game voted to remove the wolf protection buffer zone around the Denali National Park.

Multiple options were available to the Board of Game, including the option of increasing the size of the buffer zone. However, the Board of Game voted, by a narrow margin, to remove the buffer entirely.

The article quotes University of Alaska Anchorage professor Rick Steiner stating that the number of wolves in the park had dropped from more than 140 down to around 70 in the last few years.

The board chair Cliff Judkins defended the position saying that a very small percentage of Alaskans supported expanding the buffer zone.

While HOWLColorado does not have the access to those involved to ask this question, it seems a confusing defense for eliminating the buffer zone entirely. That would seem an argument for maintaining the status quo.

To read the entire article: Board of Game removes Denali wolf buffer

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