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Petition aims to protect Denali wolf pack from hunting, trapping

Alaska Dispatch

A new petition seeks to buffer the hunting and trapping of the Grant Creek wolf pack in Alaska's Denali National Park, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Grant Creek pack failed to produce any pups this year after losing two of its breeding females earlier in the spring.

To help the Grant Creek pack, wildlife advocates filed an emergency petition with the Alaska Board of Game. If the request passes, it will confer immediate protection by temporarily banning hunting and trapping activity in Grant Creek territory, near the Park's northeastern boundary.

Alaska Center for the Environment conservation director Valerie Connor told the Associated Press she believes that the Grant Creek wolves "are way more valuable alive than dead," arguing that hunters do not receive much in the way of compensation for wolf pelts.

Banning or buffering hunting activities in Denali has caused conflict in years past. The petition was first presented to Alaska Fish and Game's Division of Wildlife Conservation but was rejected. Disappointed petition members then countered with an appeal to the Alaska Board of Game. What happens next for the Grant Creek pack has yet to be determined, so stay tuned.