Denali Wolf Sightings Down, Activist Propose New Buffer Plan

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Park officials say visitors to Denali National Park and Reserve are seeing fewer wolves as the predator's numbers continue to decline.
   
The National Park Service said Wednesday that researchers randomly sampled 80 bus trips that travel in the park this summer and found that bus riders only spotted wolves on three occasions. That continues a downward trend in recent years.
   
The trend seems to correspond with a steady decrease in the number of wolves researchers themselves are seeing. They estimated the park's population at 55 wolves during the spring count, the fewest since the research began in 1986.
   
Meanwhile, environmental groups on Wednesday asked state and federal officials to consider expanding protections for wolves.
   
About 400,000 visit the park each year.
 

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