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Agency rejects protections for southeast Alaskan wolves

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:46 pm
by Koa

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that Alexander Archipelago wolves on Prince of Wales Island and neighboring islands do not warrant additional protections.

"Although the Alexander Archipelago wolf faces several stressors throughout its range related to wolf harvest, timber harvest, road development, and climate-related events in Southeast Alaska and coastal British Columbia, the best available information indicates that populations of the wolf in most of its range are likely stable," the agency said in an announcement.

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"The population does not persist in an unusual or unique ecological setting; loss of the population would not result in a significant gap in the range; and the population does not differ markedly from other populations based on its genetic characteristics," the agency said.

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The service acknowledged Prince of Wales wolves have declined and may continue to do so in the next 30 years.

"However, wolves here constitute only 4 percent of the range of the Alexander Archipelago wolf and 6 percent of its current estimated total population," the agency said. "Therefore, negative population impacts on these islands will likely not affect the rangewide population in a significant way."
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