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ACTION ALERT
Protect Denali's Wolves From The Alaska Wildlife Alliance



Feb. 20, 2002

YOUR COMMENTS ARE NEEDED BY MARCH 1st **

On March 8-18, 2002, the Alaska Board of Game will be meeting in Fairbanks to discuss important proposals that affect Alaska's wildlife. The Alaska Wildlife Alliance will be in attendance seeking full legal protection for Denali National Park's wolves, and we need your help!

Please support our Proposals 121 & 122, which will

Expand the zone of protection on state lands for Denališs viewable wolves.

Remove a "sunset clause" from the hunting and trapping ban currently in place to protect the world-famous Toklat wolves. (This ban expires in 2003!)

Last year the Board of Game established a temporary wolf hunting/trapping ban to protect Denališs famous Toklat wolves ­ the most viewed, most photographed, first and longest studied group of wild wolves in the world. This ban fell short of the long-term protection needed for the Toklats, and provided no protection for another wolf family existing near the eastern entrance to Denali National Park.

The wolf family in the eastern entrance area of Denali is the only one that people traveling by car into the Park have any opportunity to see. This includes the elderly, visitors with small children, or those that require special needs. Opportunities to see wolves in this area have been greatly diminished by recreational hunting and trapping. In 1983 a hunter killed off the Savage pack. It was replaced by the once-famous Headquarters family, which a trapper destroyed in 1995. The Sanctuary pack was beginning to become a common sight, but was destroyed by a combination of trapping and darting in 2001. Now the Mount Margaret pack has moved in, and may fall victim to the same fate as the others. This cycle of human-caused destruction of Denališs viewable wolf families must be stopped!

In a state where tourism ranks as one of the top industries, surely these two wolf families can be protected for wildlife viewing benefits. This equals just 11 wolves out of approximately 7,000 believed to exist in the State!

Please send us your comments right away supporting Proposals 121 and 122. Take a few minutes to describe why you feel it is important that these wolves are protected. Be sure to include information on any sightings of Denali or other wild wolves you may have had, and what these experiences have meant to you. If you have not seen wild wolves, you could explain that you hope to do so in the future, or that just knowing these wolves exist undisturbed by humans is of great importance to you.

** If you can send in comments to the Board of Game by their deadline of February 22nd, fax them directly to ATTN: BOG Comments, 907-465-6094.

Otherwise, email your comments to us at awa@alaska.net, write to our address at P.O. Box 202022, Anchorage, AK 99520, or fax us at (907) 277-7423. Be sure to include your full name and address. Wešll print your comments and present them as a single package to the Alaska Board of Game. Please send your comments by March 1st.

Many thanks for your continued support of our efforts to achieve full legal protection for Denali's viewable wolves. For more information on Denali's wolves, visit our website at www.akwildlife.org.


The Alaska Wildlife Alliance
P.O. Box 202022
Anchorage, AK 99520
(907) 277-0897
(907) 277-7423 (Fax)
Emails to: awa@alaska.net

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