The State of Alaska Fish & Game revised an emergency order on Tuesday to stop the hunting and trapping season on state land along the Denali National Park and Reserve. Photos of an unidentified hunter with a semiautomatic AR-style rifle, leaning on a snow machine pictured with ten dead wolves, has caused outrage across the nation.
“Hunting seasons for wolves in Game Management Unit 20C within the townships in the Stampede corridor area bounded by Denali National Park and Preserve will close on Monday, April 2, 2018. Trapping seasons for wolves in Game Management Unit 20C within the townships in the Stampede corridor area bounded by Denali National Park and Preserve will close on Monday, April 9, 2018,” the state said in an emergency closure order.
According to AlaskaPublic, Bruce Dale, director of the State Division of Wildlife Conservation, had been notified of the kill where the wolf hunting limit is ten and that the killings had been reported were legal. Biologists and wildlife advocates, however disagree and state the mass killing of wolves by military assault rifles have no place in modern Alaska.
Denali is Alaska’s top tourist attraction, and more than half-a-million visitors come to the area to view the wildlife – including getting an occasional view of the wolves bears and other natural denizens. At the Yukon-Charles Rivers National Preserve, hunting has destroyed the balance of predator-prey relationships with the wolf population dying out and other species unable to sustain their survival. The state agency admits it has no idea how many wolves have been killed this season.
The National Park Traveler Organization states the hunting program is clearly out of control. Alaska citizens are calling the Governor to establish a no-kill zone to be managed along the boundary of Denali protecting park predators which include wolves, bears, lynx and wolverines.
Read more about the rifle assault on the Denali wolves here.
(Photos of Denali wolves killed via PEER)
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