Number Of Wolves In Yukon-Charlie Preserve Falls By 50 Percent

Drop coincides with State predator control outside preserve.

A gray wolf is show in the Alaska wilderness in this undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A Conn.-based animal rights group waited Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, to find out if it has succeeded in putting a stop to a state-sponsored program allowing hunters to shoot wolves from airplanes in Alaska. (AP Photo/US Fish and Wildlife Service, File)

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The National Park Service says the number of wolves in one of Alaska's national preserves has dropped by more than half.

Biologists at Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve conducted aerial surveys of the 2.5 million-acre conservation area and saw a substantial drop in the number of wolves in the national preserve in Interior Alaska.

Biologists say the drop is substantially more than normal and coincides with the state's predator control efforts to eliminate wolves near the preserve.

The Park Service says the fall-to-spring drop in the number of wolves that den or spend a portion of their lives in the preserve appears to be the highest on record. In November 2012, biologists counted 80 wolves in nine packs. They now count between 28 and 39 wolves in six packs.

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Big Dan said on Sunday, Apr 14 at 10:19 PM

Good, maybe now you might be able to find a moose or caribou for dinner. Eat Moose, 12 thousand wolves can't be wrong

Ang said on Sunday, Apr 14 at 5:54 PM

has to do with people killing them and their prey. thank god for human beings, not

Tra[ said on Saturday, Apr 13 at 3:07 PM

it has to do with the fact they have eaten theirselves out of house and home God Bless America Trap

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