The Alaska Board of Game will be holding its Region III meeting in Fairbanks from February 17th through February 25th. During that meeting the board will be considering two proposals for areas closed to wolf hunting adjacent to the northeast corner of Denali National Park.
Denali Citizens Council and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance have supported a complete closure of wolf hunting-trapping in the Stampede Townships and Nenana Canyon, areas where radio-locations of wolves show they are vulnerable to hunting and trapping on state lands.
Read the DCC-AWA Proposal here. It will be considered by the Board of Game as Proposal 142.
We urge you to send the Alaska Board of Game a comment in support of our proposal. Important points to consider are:
- The predictable vulnerability of wolves that den and spend summers inside Denali Park when conducting forays onto state lands in winter and spring.
- The importance of wolf conservation in this region of the state of Alaska, where tourists from around the world come to see diverse animal groups.
- The economic importance of the conservation of wildlife in this region to the state of Alaska, bringing millions of dollars into the local economy yearly.
- The clear statutory authority of the Board of Game in providing for conservation of resources, and the appropriateness of making that type of decision for these particular lands.
How to comment.
Click on this link on the Board of Game website, and provide your comments on the form provided. Due February 3, 2017. Be sure to select Interior/Northeast Region in the drop-down header.
The National Park Service has submitted a proposal for seasonal closures on a slightly different map.Read the NPS Proposal here. It will be considered by the board of game as Proposal 141. We do not oppose this proposal, but feel it does not go far enough toward providing adequate protection for wolves in this area. You may submit comments on this proposal at the same link above.