FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A group of Alaska advocates is petitioning for an end to wolf hunting near Denali National Park, a report said.
The group of more than 60 concerned residents and advocates is concerned about a decrease in the number of wolf sightings by bus drivers taking tourists on the only road inside the park, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday.
The group sent petitions to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game commissioner and the state Board of Game urging the closure of wolf hunting along the Stampede Corridor, just outside the national park’s eastern boundary.
Group members do not assert there is a threat to wolf populations at large, only that packs inhabiting the Denali road corridor are at risk.
The National Park Service has submitted its own proposal to the game board requesting a partial closure to wolf hunting.