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Could a recent meal explain finding “massive” wolves in Alaska?

[large thumbnail url=”could-a-recent-meal-explain-finding-massive-wolves-in-alaska” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”30″] [thumbnail icon url=”could-a-recent-meal-explain-finding-massive-wolves-in-alaska” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”30″] If you’re looking for the biggest wolves in Alaska, head to the Fortymile country.

“They run some big wolves in that country,” state wildlife biologist Craig Gardner, who spent 20 years working in the area while stationed at Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Tok, said.

While the wolf Glaser caught had a belly full of meat, Gardner captured a 142-pound male with an empty stomach in 1997 when the state was sterilizing wolves as part of a recovery plan for the Fortymile Caribou Herd. The wolf was the alpha male in a pack of 16 wolves.

“He was just enormous,” Gardner said.

Wildlife biologist John Burch of the National Park Service caught a 148-pound wolf in 2001 in the Fortymile country, i.e. the Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve. A female with him weighed 110, Burch said…

Read the entire article on Newsminer.com: Wolf size depends on when they last ate

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