An entire pack of wolves was killed by a hunter in an area 70 miles east of Alaska’s Denali National Park. He gunned them down while riding a snowmobile with a rifle.
Warning: Graphic image below.
Before the photos of this slain pack surfaced, the state had to announce an early end to the hunting and trapping season in the Stampede Trail region.
“The wolf harvest this season in the area described is more than the past five-year average and there is the potential for more harvest to occur before the end of the regulatory hunting and trapping seasons,” the emergency order mentioned.
Many wolf advocates are worried that the beautiful wolves in Alaska could become extinct altogether. Researchers that have monitored the number of wolves since 1986 see signs of wolf populations slowly dropping.
“For several years now, there has been a notable decline in the number of wolf sightings in Denali and research indicates that wolf mortality rates in the park have recently spiked to worrying levels,” the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) said in a statement. “The percentage of sightseers who have spotted a wolf has dropped from 45 percent to just 5 percent.”
Hunting is an already cruel practice, and excessive hunting has seriously hit wolf populations around the world hard.
Hunting inside the Denali National Park premises is illegal, but the border areas are danger zones for wolf packs that live in the park. It is suspected that the hunted wolf pack was living in or around the park.
Wolves in Alaska are not endangered yet, so what this hunter did was deemed legal. But that doesn’t mean that what he did was good or right. Wolves are a big part of the ecosystem, and without them, the balance in any environment will become haywire. Every creature has a role to play in the ecosystem, and humans cannot play god when it comes to the delicate balance in the environment.
Wolf image from the same den that both Adolph Murie and Gordon Haber studied for decades in Denali National Park,…
“It’s too late for these 10 wolves,” WCC wrote, “but we can’t give up on protecting the others who call Denali National Park home.”
Perhaps this incident will shed light on the importance of wolves as a part of their environment. How could someone so cruelly slay a whole pack like that? Just because something can be done doesn’t mean that it should be done. Let’s hope other people have more sense that this cruel hunter.
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