Agency to review Alexander Archipelago wolves

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review the status of a subspecies of gray wolf found on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island that environmental groups say is threatened by logging.

A petition to protect Alexander Archipelago wolves was filed in August 2011 by the Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace.

The groups say the wolves need protection by the Endangered Species Act to save them from reckless logging and hunting.

The wolves are genetically distinct from other wolves in the Tongass National Forest.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she's disappointed by the agency's decision to move ahead with the listing process.

The Alaska Republican says the decision will further lock up southeast Alaska and restrict economic development.

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