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Alaska Game Board rejects Denali wolves buffer zone

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Wolves that roam onto state land from Denali National Park and Preserve will not be protected from trappers, the Alaska Board of Game has decided.

Board members confirmed Wednesday they have rejected a petition calling for an emergency order to ban wolf trapping and hunting east of the park. Six board members rejected the petition; one was not available.

Board member Teresa Sager Albaugh of Tok noted state policy that says emergency findings must be held to a minimum. An emergency is an unforeseen, unexpected event that threatens a game resource.

“I think it’s safe to say that the petition was rejected because it failed to meet the emergency standards set forth in regulation,” she said by email.

The petition submitted two weeks ago by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, the Alaska Center for the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife, National Parks Conservation Association and six individuals said killing of wolves outside park boundaries is harming the visitor experience inside the park.

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