Target: Bruce Dale, Acting Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation
Goal: Protect the few remaining Alexander Archipelago wolves.
One of the world’s scarcest wolf subspecies, Alaska’s rare Alexander Archipelago wolf, is under the threat of extinction. According to data released recently, these wolves’ population had dropped from 221 in the year 2013 to a mere 60 in 2014. For this reason, conservation groups that work to protect these rare animals are calling for emergency measures to protect the lives of the few remaining wolves.
These wolves got their name after the Southeastern Alaskan island chain, and they rely solely on a particular type of deer–Sitka black-tailed deer. Unfortunately, both the wolves and the deer are under threat due to continuous logging that has caused erosion of their habitats. In addition, the humans living around these animals also hunt the deer, making it harder for the wolves to survive.
These wolves do not have protection under the law, meaning hunting them is still allowed. Until January 2015, hunters from Prince of Wales Island were allowed to hunt up to 30 percent of the wolves’ population. However, the Alaska Board of Game reduced that portion after noticing that they were declining at an alarming rate. The Prince of Wales Island is the Wolves’ biggest land mass and home to most of these wolves.
The rapid decline in the population has been largely attributed to hunting or trapping out of season, according to a 2008 study, meaning there might have been more wolves killed in the past year than we know of. It is hard to tell where the population stands today, but it is obvious that it is extremely low. Even if there are any new cubs, they are very few.
The future is not bright for these wolves since they are facing a threat of food shortage while the deer population is also shrinking due to hunting and logging. The Prince of Wales Island has been heavily logged, creating an environment that is not favorable for the deer, and the condition is expected to get worse if logging continues.
If you would like to see emergency action taken to save the lives of these wolves, please sign this petition.
Dear Bruce Dale,
The Alexander Archipelago wolves are facing a threat of extinction due to lack of food, hunting and logging at the Prince of Wales Island. The population of these wolves has been reported to have declined from 221 to 60. These wolves are not protected by law, therefore hunting them is still legal.
Considering the population and the threat of extinction, I would recommend that your department take emergency measures to ensure the remaining population is saved from extinction. Emergency measures will go a long way in saving the lives of these rare wolves. I would recommend that you work with conservation groups to implement these emergency measures and save the lives of these wolves. At the rate at which these wolves are reducing, there is certainly no time for debate. Do the right thing.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Robin Silver