by Ashton Goodell
Monday, March 22, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The National Park Service wants to close the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve to wolf hunting this season.
It's calling for the emergency closure days after the state Department of Fish and Game killed a pack including collared wolves that are considered part of the preserve.
The Park Service wants to close all sport hunting and trapping in the preserve. It says wolf numbers dropped more than ever before this winter.
"Normally there is a drop off from fall to spring, and that ranges anywhere from 11to 37 percent. We're now seeing a higher reduction upwards of 40 percent or more, and that includes those wolves that were taken last week by Fish and Game," said John Quinley with the National Park Service.
Last week Fish and Game said it mistakenly killed a pack of wolves known to roam in and out of the preserve. Two of the four wolves were collared.