Alaska refuses to reinstate ban on wolf hunting & trapping outside of Denali NP&Pres
WASHINGTON -- The state of Alaska refuses to restore a ban on hunting and trapping wolves just outside Denali National Park, despite the killing of a key breeding female and the breakup of an iconic pack viewed by Denali visitors from around the world.
Wolves are protected in the park but not on surrounding state land, where the breeding female was killed last spring. Wildlife groups filed an emergency petition this month calling for the return of a buffer zone east of the park where the wolves would be protected. The state eliminated the buffer in 2010 over the objections of the National Park Service.