Anchorage Daily News


Through binoculars, we could see the Mount Margaret pack, six of them, on a
gentle slope in the slanted sunlight of a cold September morning. Some were
sprawled on their sides. Others curled up, head tucked under tail. A pair,
one dark gray and one sandy white, tumbled and jumped over each other.

Seeing us by the roadside, other cars and buses stopped. We helped
one another locate them, shared spotting scopes and coffee, strangers come
together to watch the wolves of Denali National Park.

But those same wolves — that entire pack — didn’t survive the
winter. Wolves from all three of the park’s most commonly viewed packs are
increasingly trapped and hunted outside the eastern boundary on state lands,
in some places as close as four miles from the park road.

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