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Area around Denali opened to wolf hunters
TRAPPERS: Game board votes to erase park’s protective zone.

The Anchorage Daily News


Published: 6 March 2010

The Alaska Board of Game on Friday approved opening the northeast periphery of the Denali National Park and Preserve for wolf trapping.

The 4-3 vote, over vigorous opposition of those who wanted the wolves protected, eliminates the current “buffer zone” outside of park lands in which wolf trapping was prohibited.

The decision swings in the opposite direction of what park authorities had asked for. The federal authorities had recommended expanding the buffer zone to protect the wolves that wander outside the park’s boundaries. Those particular wolves are the ones typically seen by busloads of tourists who visit the park every summer.

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