2002- Protect the Wolves of Denali National Park with Buffer Zone

  • by: Dorothy Keeler
  • target: Alaska Board of Game & Ak Dept. of Fish & Game, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
Your help is needed to save the Toklat and Margaret wolves of Denali National Park. I urge you to support Proposal 53, 54, and 55 to maintain and enlarge a buffer zone on state lands adjacent to Denali National Park to protect the Toklat and Margaret wolves within their full and complete territories.

In the last 20 years, three Denali wolf families in the eastern area of the Park have been wiped out by recreational trappers -- the Savage group in the late eighties, the highly visible Headquarters family in the mid-nineties, and the Sanctuary pack in April of 2002. The Mount Margaret pack currently occupying Sanctuary territory will likely meet this same fate if the existing buffer expires and a larger buffer is not created.

These are not ordinary wolves. Unlike elsewhere, the Denali Park wolves have become tolerant of humans and allow humans to watch them close up. Tourists who ride the bus into the park have about a 12 percent chance of seeing wolves, which is incredibly high when it comes to seeing wolves. The wolves often walk on the park road or hunt in full sight of visitors. (http://www.savetoklatwolf.com/Wolf1.html)

Trapped in April by a National Park Service employee, the last remaining member of the Sanctuary wolf family in Denali National Park recently met her fate in a snare. This female pup was orphaned when her mother was killed during radio-collaring by a Park researcher last year. During that time, her siblings disappeared and were likely trapped in the same area.

These wolves also deserve additional protection for their international significance. On Tuesday, November 2nd, 1999 CBS Evening News with Dan Rather featured the Toklat Wolves of Denali National Park, Alaska in a special segment of "Eye on America," hosted by John Blackstone. (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/11/02/eveningnews/main68682.shtml)

For all the above reasons, I ask that you do everything in your power to stop the trapping and hunting of the Toklat and Margaret wolves on state land adjacent to Denali National Park.

Dear Alaska Board of Game Member,
Your help is needed to save the Toklat and Margaret wolves of Denali National Park. I urge you to support Proposal 53, 54, and 55 to maintain and enlarge a buffer zone on state lands adjacent to Denali National Park to protect the Toklat and Margaret wolves within their full and complete territories.

In the last 20 years, three Denali wolf families in the eastern area of the Park have been wiped out by recreational trappers -- the Savage group in the late eighties, the highly visible Headquarters family in the mid-nineties, and the Sanctuary pack in April of 2002. The Mount Margaret pack currently occupying Sanctuary territory will likely meet this same fate if the existing buffer expires and a larger buffer is not created.

These are not ordinary wolves. Unlike elsewhere, the Denali Park wolves have become tolerant of humans and allow humans to watch them close up. Tourists who ride the bus into the park have about a 12 percent chance of seeing wolves, which is incredibly high when it comes to seeing wolves. The wolves often walk on the park road or hunt in full sight of visitors. (http://www.savetoklatwolf.com/Wolf1.html)

Trapped in April by a National Park Service employee, the last remaining member of the Sanctuary wolf family in Denali National Park recently met her fate in a snare. This female pup was orphaned when her mother was killed during radio-collaring by a Park researcher last year. During that time, her siblings disappeared and were likely trapped in the same area.

These wolves also deserve additional protection for their international significance. On Tuesday, November 2nd, 1999 CBS Evening News with Dan Rather featured the Toklat Wolves of Denali National Park, Alaska in a special segment of "Eye on America," hosted by John Blackstone. (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/11/02/eveningnews/main68682.shtml)

For all the above reasons, I ask that you do everything in your power to stop the trapping and hunting of the Toklat and Margaret wolves on state land adjacent to Denali National Park.

Respectfully,

The Undersigned
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