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Protect wolves at Denali National Park, wildlife activists plead

The wolf pack that has enchanted thousands of visitors at Alaska’s Denali National Park did not produce any pups this year and its members have dispersed widely across the park, says a petition seeking to ban hunting and trapping along the park’s northeastern boundary, where a female wolf was fatally snared earlier this year.

Visitors are likely to have substantially fewer chances to see wolves, which habitually denned close to the main road through the 6-million-acre park, says the petition filed by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, the National Parks Conservation Assn. and other groups.

“To me, and I know probably 400,000 other people who visit Denali, these wolves are way more valuable alive than dead. I don’t know what they get for a wolf pelt, but it’s not much,” said Valerie Connor, conservation director for the Alaska Center for the Environment, which joined in the petition…

Read the entire article on latimes.com: Protect wolves at Denali National Park, wildlife activists plead

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