8.6 C
New York
Monday, July 26, 2021
Home Technology Alaska conservationists urge officials to halt wolf hunting

Alaska conservationists urge officials to halt wolf hunting

Alaska conservationists are urging state and federal officials not to reopen wolf hunting season around Prince of Wales Island.

They are imploring officials to do so in order to allow the population of wolves to recover from last season’s record harvest, CoastAlaska reported.

Much of the island is part of the Tongass National Forest, which makes state and federal governments in charge of managing hunting and trapping.

The U.S. Forest Service had postponed the federal subsistence wolf season until Oct. 31. The state’s hunting season for wolves is scheduled to open two weeks afterward.

State and federal managers eliminated the harvest limit in 2019, which has resulted in a record 165 wolves hunted or trapped since then, said Patrick Lavin of Defenders of Wildlife in Anchorage.

“That level of trapping — direct mortality — is on top of other challenges for these wolves, especially from extensive habitat loss from clear cutting and road building in the past,” Lavin said. “So, it’s a population kind of struggling to survive that got especially hard hit last year because of that change in policy.”

A 2018 estimate said wolves native to the surrounding archipelago have a population of about 170, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

State Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang has said if the population falls below 100, hunting and trapping season would close.

Environmentalists have petitioned the federal government to list subspecies of wolves as threatened. That request is still pending with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Source link

Today news
Today News 1 runs four of the western GTA’s most influential media websites, offering news, food, lifestyle and entertainment coverage for millions to the Golden Horseshoe and GTA regions. The independently-run, online news source was founded in 2019 and specializes in everything from breaking news to food and restaurant, arts and entertainment and lifestyle coverage.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

MUN archeology team offering to help Indigenous communities investigate unmarked graves

Lisa Rankin, research chair of Indigenous Community Archeology at Memorial University, is part of the working group offering help and support to Indigenous...

Kelowna band bringing back live music with mobile bus

After months of gig cancellations, a Kelowna band decided to take its show on the road and bought a bus.  Tomy Thisdale...

Eagle population flying high on P.E.I.

The flourishing bald eagle population on P.E.I. is being called a success story. At one point in the 1980s wildlife biologists could...

Oil, gas and esports: Fort McMurray’s college enters world of competitive gaming

Fort McMurray's Keyano College is delving into the world of esports, with a new diploma program and esports team.  Esports — which stands...

Recent Comments