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Alaska House Passes Legislation to Protect Wolves Adjacent to the Denali National Park

HB 105 Closes Two Areas Near the Park Border to Hunting and Trapping of Wolves

Yesterday, the Alaska House of Representatives approved legislation to prohibit wolf hunting and trapping in two areas adjacent to Denali National Park and Preserve. House Bill 105,  sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), seeks to ensure healthy wolf populations so that park visitors can see wolves in the wild.

“Denali National Park managers report that visitors consistently want to see wolves. While the park has long been among the best places on earth to catch a glimpse of a wolf, in recent years wolf sightings have declined dramatically,” said Rep. Josephson. “Creating areas off-limits to hunting and trapping will result in more successful viewing opportunities.”

The Denali National Park and Preserve is a major tourist destination that hosts more than half a million visitors a year. Tourism in the park provides a significant boost to the local and statewide economies.

Previous buffer zones have protected wildlife populations adjacent to the park from hunting and trapping. The Alaska Board of Game created a buffer zone on the park’s eastern boundary in 2000, but eliminated it in 2010. That year, 45 percent of park visitors reported seeing a wolf, but just four years later only six percent reported a wolf sighting.

“Denali National Park and Preserve is an important tourism asset, and a big part of the attraction of the park is the ability to see wildlife in their natural habitat,” said Rep. Josephson. “This bill will help make sure that future generations of Alaskans and visitors can be as moved as I have been by seeing these amazing animals in this unforgettable place.”

House Bill 105 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 22-18. The bill will now be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

Please take action, contact Alaskan State Senators and urge them to support House Bill 105. More information, and a sample email can be found in this facebook post.


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Save Norway’s Wolves: Tweetstorm 

Wolves are listed as “critically endangered” on the 2015 Norwegian list of endangered animals, yet Norway is planning to cull more than two-thirds of its remaining wolves — a move that will be disastrous for the dwindling members of the species in the wild. Under controversial plans approved last Friday as many as 47 wolves will be shot, from an estimated population of about 68 wolves which remain in the wilderness areas of Norway. The government has justified this year’s planned cull on the basis of harm done to sheep flocks by the predators. The number of wolves the government plans to kill this year is greater than in any year since 1911.

Last year more than 11,000 hunters applied for licences to shoot 16 wolves, a ratio of more than 700 applicants to each licence. 

Parliament allows the regional predator committees to have the power to adopt quotas for felling of wolves, but these decisions are usually appealed. Oppositions will be dealt with very thoroughly by the Climate and Environment Minister within the framework allowed for the parliamentary decision on the quota of wolves. The decisions must also be consistent with the Berne Convention, the Draft Act and Predators Regulations. Norway is under international agreements committed to ensuring the survival of wolves in Norwegian nature. The Climate and Environment Ministry will make a final decision on the appeal cases before the “permissions to kill” period starts.

If the decision to kill 47 wolves stands, then three wolf packs, including pups, will be shot by hunters during Norway’s annual hunting season, which runs from Oct. 1 to March 31.

Please, promptly, send an automated email which can be found herePlease sign this petitionPlease sign this petition, also. And this petition, as well.


Please close your twitter window and open this post on your browser for ease of tweeting.  As usual, the tweets are automated, to send your message just tap “Tweet4Wolves” at the end of each tweet. Thank you for participating!

1. Tweetstorm #Wolves #Norway #verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Please join and please RT  bit.ly/SaveNorwayWolves  pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a Tweet4Wolves

2. #Norway green & humanitarian principles debased with proposed cull of 47 critically endangered #wolves #verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

3. #Norway Grønne og humanitære prinsipper fornedret med foreslåtte cull av 47 kritisk truede #wolves
 #Verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

4. Culling 47 endangered #wolves cuts 2 the heart of Norway’s image as a broadminded, liberal, green nation. #Verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

5. Culling 47 truede #wolves kutter to hjertet av Norge image som en broadminded, liberal, grønn nasjon. #Verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

6. 80% of Norwegians, in urban & rural areas, want2 keep #wolves at healthy populations #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a  Tweet4Wolves 

7. 80% av nordmenn, i urbane og rurale områder, want2 holde #wolves på sunne bestander #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a  Tweet4Wolves 

8. Conservationists are fighting the government-sanctioned hunt: https://t.co/nkX0VP0DQb  #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

9. Naturvernere kjemper regjeringen sanksjonert jakt:https://t.co/nkX0VP0DQb  #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

10. .@erna_solberg #Wolves are crucial for  the ecosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/Fza1BwMdEh Tweet4Wolves 

11. .@erna_solberg #Wolves avgjørende for økosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/nrkjYHNZKd Tweet4Wolves 

12. .@VidarHelgesen #Wolves are crucial for  the ecosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/Fza1BwMdEh Tweet4Wolves 

13.  .@VidarHelgesen #Wolves avgjørende for økosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/nrkjYHNZKd Tweet4Wolves 

14. Please, promptly, send an automated email which can be found here: bit.ly/2cNRSR9 #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

15. Vær så snill, så raskt som mulig, send en automatisk e-post som du finner her:  bit.ly/2cNRSR9   #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

16. Please sign this petition: bit.ly/2deokud
#verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

17. Vennligst signere denne underskriftskampanje, også: https://t.co/QGdel83Otx #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves🇳🇴 Tweet4Wolves  

18. Please sign this petition, also:  bit.ly/2crUKCR #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves 

19. Vennligst registrer dette oppropet, også: bit.ly/2crUKCR #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

20. And this petition, as well: bit.ly/2d2oQyY  #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

21. Og denne bønnen, i tillegg: bit.ly/2d2oQyY
#verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

22. Tweetstorm  #Wolves #Norway
#verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves
Vennligst bli med og ta RT bit.ly/SaveNorwayWolves   pic.twitter.com/nrkjYHNZKd Tweet4Wolves 

23. Norwegian officials approved killing of 47 #wolves, 70% of the population-slated 4 extinction thru inbreeding #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves 

24. This proposed cull is indicative of the brutal treatment predators receive in Scandinavian countries! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves 

25. Denne foreslåtte cull er et tegn på den brutale behandlingen rovdyr får i skandinaviske land! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves 

26. Norway’s image as the saviour of the ecosystem is completely undermined by this slaughter of #wolves @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

27. #StandForWolves #SaveWolves #ProtectWolves Please #SaveOurWolves  @VidarHelgesen
pic.twitter.com/285vWRUgKT Tweet4Wolves 

28. Norway’s image as the saviour of the ecosystem is completely undermined by this slaughter of #wolves @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves
Tweet4Wolves  

29. #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg  Yearly over 2million sheep R released in2 forests & mountains of Norway without supervision… Tweet4Wolves 

30. #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg  Around 1,500 sheep, at the most, R killed by #wolves – farmers richly compensated for loss…  Tweet4Wolves 

31. .@VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg Far more sheep (over 100,000) die for other reasons yet the wolf is 2 blame? #SaveOurWolves No wolf hunt! Tweet4Wolves 

32. Pls consider the essentiality @erna_solberg bit.ly/2cKp1wt #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves 
pic.twitter.com/10KkB5DUur Tweet4Wolves 

33. Pls consider the essentiality @VidarHelgesen bit.ly/2cKp1wt #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/10KkB5DUur  Tweet4Wolves    

 34. Situation 4 #wolves in Norway is already grim. Wolves allowed to exist in just 1% of the country~designated a “wolf zone” #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

35. But once three pairs of wolves have bred, all the rest can be shot. Outrageous! #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv  Tweet4Wolves  

36. 68 or so #wolves is far from a genetically viable population. Slaughtering 47 = imminent extinction! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves 

37. 68 or so #wolves is far from a genetically viable population. Slaughtering 47 = imminent extinction! #SaveOurWolves @erna_solberg Tweet4Wolves 

38. #Norway has a national and international responsibility of having a viable population of wolves @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves 

39. #Norway, home to a diversity of wildlife…or not. @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare 
pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves 

30. Europe has an estimated population of 13,000 wolves, with about 400 in Scandinavia, just 68 in #Norway, 70% to B culled! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

41. #Norway compensates farmers richly 4 livestock losses due to wolves, creating an impetus for inflated depredation  numbers. #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

42. In reality wolves are responsible for barely 2% of livestock loss in #Norway @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

43. The wolf is an enrichment 4many Norwegians who appreciate being able 2 experience nature in its full complexity #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

44. It seems that Norwegian farmers have a vendetta against wolves which isn’t rooted in fact, but rather fear & hate @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

45. Decision 2 cull 70% of Norway’s wolves cannot B consistent with the Berne Convention, Draft Act and Predators Regulations! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

46. Wolf population already small/critically endangered. 2 eradicate 70% of such a vulnerable species is shocking @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

47. Wolf population already small/critically endangered. 2eradicate 70% of such a vulnerable species is shocking @VidarHelgesen  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

48. 1 of packs chosen 4extermination never attacked any livestock 4 the 4yrs it has lived in Letjenna, SW Norway! @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

49. 1 of the packs chosen 4 extermination never attacked any livestock for the 4yrs it has lived in Letjenna! @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

50. Norway considers a wolf population of 7 packs with just ONE reproductive couple “above the national population target”! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

51. Tweetstorm now! #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare #StandForWolves Please tweet this link 4 #Norway #wolves: bit.ly/2d6Bb2t Tweet4Wolves 

52. Save The Endangered Norwegian Wolves! – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/BvozH9i2Ci 
#SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves 

53. La ulven leve! STOPP utrydningspolitikken NÅ!
#SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @erna_solberg pic.twitter.com/vTRn4ZSvNo  Tweet4Wolves 

54. La ulven leve! STOPP utrydningspolitikken NÅ!
#SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @VidarHelgesen pic.twitter.com/vTRn4ZSvNo  Tweet4Wolves 

55. Let the wolf live! STOP extermination policy now! #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @NorwayUN 
pic.twitter.com/eiQhDCQS23 Tweet4Wolves 

56. Ulven gjør naturen litt villere,
mer spennende og er med på å sikre artsmangfoldet i økosystemet#SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a Tweet4Wolves 

57. Situasjonen 4 #wolves i #Norge er allerede dystre. Bare 1% av landet er utpekt en “ulv sone”, der dyrene er “lov” til å eksistere. Tweet4Wolves 

 58. Men når tre par ulver har avlet, kan resten bli skutt. Opprørende! #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves 

 59. 68 eller så #wolves er langt fra en genetisk levedyktig bestand. Slakting 47 = overhengende utryddelse! @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves 

60. #Norge har et nasjonalt og internasjonalt ansvar for å ha en levedyktig bestand av ulv. #SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves 

61. Norge, hjem til et mangfold av dyreliv … eller ikke.
#SaveOurWolves # Verdtåbevare @NorwayUN 
pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves 

62. Europa har en anslått befolkning på 13.000 ulver, med ca 400 i Skandinavia, bare 68 i Norge, 70% til B avlives! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

63. Norge kompenserer bøndene rikt 4 tap av husdyr på grunn av ulv, og skaper en drivkraft for oppblåste rovdyrangrep tall. #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

64. I virkeligheten ulvene er ansvarlig for knapt 2% av husdyr tap i #Norge @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

65. Ulven er en berikelse for mange nordmenn som setter pris på å være i stand til å oppleve naturen i sin fulle kompleksitet  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

66. Det virker som norske bønder har en vendetta mot ulver som ikke er forankret i virkeligheten, men snarere frykt og hat! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

67. Beslutningen om å kjøpe 70% Norges ulver kan ikke være i samsvar med Bernkonvensjonen, lovforslag og forskrifter Predators #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

68. Den ulvebestanden er allerede svært liten og kritisk truet. For å utrydde 70% av slike sårbare arter er sjokkerende. #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

69. En av pakkene som er valgt for utryddelse har aldri angrepet noen husdyr for 4 år den har levd i Letjenna! @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves    

70. En av pakkene som er valgt for utryddelse har aldri angrepet noen husdyr for 4 år den har levd i Letjenna! @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

71. Norge vurderer en liten ulvebestanden av bare syv pakker med bare ett reproduktive par “over det nasjonale bestandsmålet”! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

72. Tweetstorm nå! #SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare #StandForWolves Vennligst tweet denne linken 4 #Norge #wolves: SaveNorwayWolves   Tweet4Wolves

  

73. Lagre de truede norske Wolves! – Signer oppropet! https://t.co/BvozH9i2Ci
#SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves 

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Alexander Archipelago Wolves on Prince of Wales~ Online Storm #3

Feature image: Monty Sloan

A petition asking for emergency Endangered Species Act listing for Prince of Wales Island wolves was essentially denied by the U.S.Department of the Interior office in Anchorage.

USFWS Assistant Regional Director stated that an emergency listing is not something that can be petitioned by outside groups, and is a process “left to the discretion of the Secretary of the Interior.” Secretary Jewell is expected to make a decision regarding protecting these wolves under the ESA by the end of the year. Raise your voice for these imperiled wolves. Please partake in the actions within this blog aimed at encouraging Secretary Sally Jewell  to protect the little dark wolves on Prince of Wales islands.

As always, a warm welcome, and thankyou in advance for being a voice for this imperiled species. On this blog post you will find several courses of action. If you are not on twitter, please scroll to the bottom (past the list of tweets) for other actions. The storm begins at 2:00 p.m. EST on November 9th. Feel free to send off these tweets as often as you like thereafter.

#Wolves #StandForWolves Tweetstorm now! Please be a voice for the #PrinceOfWalesWolves Please tweet this link: http://wp.me/p6o9qd-5W  Tweet4Wolves

Please provide #ESA protection to preserve the few #wolves that remain. #PrinceOfWalesWolves @POTUS @Interior @USFWS #StandForWolves  Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves nearly wiped out in 1 yr, plummeting 2 as low as 50 individuals, protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell @DirectorDanAshe Tweet4Wolves

These R dire times for 1 of world’s rarest wolf subspecies. #PrinceOfWalesWolves Pls protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell @interior @USFWS Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves a unique subspecies of North American #wolves, from which they have been isolated for millennia are highly endangered Tweet4Wolves

The long-term impacts of logging & roads have pushed #PrinceOfWalesWolves population
toward #extinction @SecretaryJewell @DirectorDanAshe Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves R a symbol of wilderness and ecological integrity and have declined 75% in 20yrs @SecretaryJewell @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves play an important role in the ecotourism that contributes more than $1 billion 2 Southeast #Alaska economy @interior Tweet4Wolves

6 decades of @usfs aggressive old-growth clearcut #logging program on POW has endangered #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

6 decades of @forestservice aggressive old-growth clearcut #logging program on POW has endangered #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @WSJ @NPR Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves rely almost exclusively on a single prey species, also in decline, the Sitka black-tailed deer @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves and the deer have suffered over the past few decades as #logging has eroded their island habitats. @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

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Roads built 2 support logging effort provide easy access points 4 poachers 2 enter forest & kill #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

The POW Complex has over 4,200 miles of roads contributing to a marked increase in poaching of the #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Over 1/2 of the old-growth forests that #PrinceOfWalesWolves rely on for hunting, denning & raising pups R now gone! @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

.@usfs approved an ill-conceived logging operation within the Tongass National Forest, home to #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

.@forestservice approved an ill-conceived logging operation within the Tongass National Forest, home 2 #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @WSJ Tweet4Wolves

Shame on @usfs 4 pushing ahead w/6,000 acres old-growth logging & 80 more miles of logging road thru #PrinceOfWalesWolves habitat @interior Tweet4Wolves

Shame on @forestservice 4 pushing ahead w/6,000 acres old-growth logging in #PrinceOfWalesWolves habitat for 15 more yrs @interior Tweet4Wolves

Shame on @usfs 4 pushing ahead w/6,000 acres old-growth logging & 80 more miles of logging road thru #PrinceOfWalesWolves habitat @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass & will cause extinction of #PrinceOfWalesWolves @usfs @interior goo.gl/LPCrVM Tweet4Wolves

Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in Tongass & will cause extinction~ #PrinceOfWalesWolves @forestservice @USFWS goo.gl/LPCrVM Tweet4Wolves

Heavily reliant on old-growth forests, #PrinceOfWalesWolves den in the root systems of very large trees @SecretaryJewell @usfs @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Scientific evidence shows that #PrinceOfWalesWolves cannot survive in areas with high road density @interior @USFWS @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

.@usfs seems more interested in kowtowing to the timber industry than in preserving our forests 4 future generations #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

.@forestservice is more interested in kowtowing 2 timber industry than in preserving our forests 4 future generations #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

The ongoing scale of old-growth logging imperils #PrinceOfWalesWolves by further reducing & fragmenting remaining forest stands @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Threats to this unique subspecies R amplified because #PrinceOfWalesWolves represent a distinct & isolated gene pool. Protect #ESA @USFWS Tweet4Wolves

Only 7 to 32 female #PrinceOfWalesWolves in an approximate 2,600 square mile area! Protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell @USFWS @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

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Possibly only 1 breeding female wolf per 371.4 square miles. Protect #PrinceOfWalesWolves under #ESA @SecretaryJewell @USFWS @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves risk of inbreeding is⬆putting them at great risk of extinction due 2 loss of genetic diversity @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Genetic diversity is always a crucial factor with isolated species! Protect #PrinceOfWalesWolves under ESA @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

A declaration of threatened or endangered status for #PrinceOfWalesWolves is a logical step toward recovery @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

In SE #Alaska #PrinceOfWalesWolves bring significant economic benefits 2 communities ~ Essential4Ecotourism @interior @USFWS @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Evidence suggests ecological heterogeneity across space can influence genetic structure of populations #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior Tweet4Wolves

Evidence suggests ecological heterogeneity across space can influence genetic structure of populations #PrinceOfWalesWolves @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Research found the presence of a genetic cline between mainland & island wolves. Protect #PrinceOfWalesWolves #ESA bit.ly/1GHqCyw  Tweet4Wolves

#Wolves #ArchipelagoWolves Tweetstorm now! B a voice for the #PrinceOfWalesWolves Please tweet this link: http://wp.me/p6o9qd-5W   Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves R an ecologically important & genetically distinct predator that symbolizes the wilderness of the Tongass @interior Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves R an ecologically important & genetically distinct predator that symbolizes the wilderness of the Tongass @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Population decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves –
39 wolves per 1000 km2 in the fall of 1994. population: GMU2 – 352
@SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Population decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves –
38 wolves per 1000 km2 in the fall of 2003. Population GMU2- 343 @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Population decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves –
24.5 wolves per 1000 km2 in the fall of 2013 Population GMU2 – 221 @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves
9.9 wolves per 1000 km2 fall/2014. Population GMU2 – 89 prior to 2014/2015 hunt @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

The estimates were made prior 2 the 2014/2015 hunting/trapping season, wherein 29 #PrinceOfWalesWolves known 2 be killed #EndangeredSpecies Tweet4Wolves

These numbers don’t include #PrinceOfWalesWolves killed by poachers. With 580 miles logging roads wolf poaching is rife! #EndangeredSpecies Tweet4Wolves

The “harvest” quota of 9 #PrinceOfWalesWolves 4 the 2015-2016 seasons is impossible to enforce @SecretaryJewell @nytimes #EndangeredSpecies Tweet4Wolves

An unenforceable “harvest” of 9 #PrinceOfWalesWolves with a population as low as 50 individuals is disgraceful @interior @USFWS @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

With a population as low as 50 #PrinceOfWalesWolves this year’s season will push this iconic species 2 the brink of #extinction @interior Tweet4Wolves

Both ADF&G & FSB attempt to enforce a season’s #PrinceOfWalesWolves quota by counting skins that R brought in 4 sealing @SecretaryJewell Tweet4Wolves

FSB regulation: #PrinceOfWalesWolves skins taken by hunting &trapping must B sealed within 14 days, overquota inevitable @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

ADF&G #PrinceOfWalesWolves taken by hunting require “skin” sealing within 30 days, a guaranteed overquota! @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Regardless of which “skin sealing” time limit applies, it is nearly impossible 2 enforce such a small quota! @interior #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

The quota for 2014/2015 was exceeded by 16% despite an emergency order closing the season! #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

The smaller the quota of #PrinceOfWalesWolves the greater the chances R of the quota being exceeded! @interior @nytimes @latimes @USFWS Tweet4Wolves

Further compounding this disastrous situation is the unregulated amount of, & location of, trappers/hunters #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior Tweet4Wolves

Further compounding this disastrous situation is the unregulated amount of, & location of, trappers/hunters #PrinceOfWalesWolves @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Neither the State nor the FSB have regulations that limit number of trappers/hunters who may take #PrinceOfWalesWolves in GMU -2 @interior Tweet4Wolves

Neither the State nor the FSB have regulations that limit number of trappers/hunters who may take #PrinceOfWalesWolves in GMU -2 @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

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If the decline in numbers is not arrested & recovery not immediately commenced, #PrinceOfWalesWolves fate will B sealed. @SecretaryJewell Tweet4Wolves

To save #PrinceOfWalesWolves the @usfs needs to aggressively close timber roads in the Prince of Wales Complex @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

.@SecretaryJewell The decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves is a management problem that desperately needs fixing: http://wp.me/p6o9qd-5s   Tweet4Wolves

.@usfs Pls do not disregarded the evidence and the impacts of your timber program on #PrinceOfWalesWolves http://wp.me/p6o9qd-5s  Tweet4Wolves

.@usfs Large-scale #logging of old-growth timber in the #Tongass puts forest management there 20 to 40 years behind the rest of the nation Tweet4Wolves

.@DirectorDanAshe The True Culprit behind Drastic Wolf Declines in the Tongass http://wp.me/p6o9qd-5s Protect #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves R facing  threat of extinction due 2 lack of food, hunting/poaching & logging, please report @nytimes @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves R facing  threat of extinction due 2 lack of food, hunting/poaching & logging, please report @latimes @AP @Alaska @NPR Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves R facing  threat of extinction due 2 lack of food, hunting/poaching & logging, pls report @WSJ @newsminer @adndotcom Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves R facing  threat of extinction due 2 lack of food, hunting/poaching & logging, pls report @LATenviroment @alaskapublic Tweet4Wolves

Roads constructed 4 old-growth logging facilitate substantial illegal poaching @interior @usfs @nytimes @adndotcom #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

Obviously hunting, trapping, & #poaching usually take place near roads because access is easier @SecretaryJewell @usfs #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

The farther from a road #PrinceOfWalesWolves or deer are the more likely they will survive @interior @nytimes However… Tweet4Wolves

…with such an extensive network of existing roads poaching is rife! @interior @nytimes @usfs #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

Average distance 2 roads within GMU2 is 2.1 miles & only 1.7 miles on POW Island itself @interior @nytimes @usfs #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

Such high road density leaves little secure habitat for #PrinceOfWalesWolves or Sitka black tailed deer @interior @nytimes @usfs Tweet4Wolves

40% of #PrinceOfWalesWolves home is logged/roaded (GMU2) creating a very high risk mortality which exceeds reproduction @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

When just 25% of #PrinceOfWalesWolves home is logged, the ratio of reproduction to mortality is very close to 1 @interior @nytimes @usfs Tweet4Wolves

.@usfs wants public 2believe ADF&G’s mgmt of trapping/hunting can mitigate effects of overlogging/habitat destruction! #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

#Wolves #PrinceOfWalesWolves #StandForWolves PLS sign and share: Defend rare Alaskan wolf habitat: http://t.co/VRqHodBlo1       Tweet4Wolves

#StandForWolves Save the Tongass National Forest home of the #PrinceOfWalesWolves  Please sign and share: https://t.co/GFFt7HPVch    Tweet4Wolves

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Over 1/2 of the old-growth forests that the #PrinceOfWalesWolves rely on for hunting, denning & raising pups R now gone! @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

The @usfs approved an ill-conceived logging operation within the Tongass National Forest, the #PrinceOfWalesWolves home… @SecretaryJewell Tweet4Wolves

The @usfs approved an ill-conceived logging operation within the Tongass National Forest, the #PrinceOfWalesWolves home @WSJ @AP @nytimes  Tweet4Wolves

.@usfs approved an ill-conceived logging operation within Tongass National Forest, the #PrinceOfWalesWolves home @latimes @washingtonpost  Tweet4Wolves

Lack of old-growth forests 4 protection, #PrinceOfWalesWolves primary prey, Sitka black-tailed deer, R also in decline @SecretaryJewell Tweet4Wolves

Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass and #PrinceOfWalesWolves pay with their lives, #Extinction @WSJ @AP @NPR goo.gl/LPCrVM  Tweet4Wolves

Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass & #PrinceOfWalesWolves pay with their lives, #Extinction @nytimes  goo.gl/LPCrVM  Tweet4Wolves

Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass & #PrinceOfWalesWolves pay with their lives,  @washingtonpost goo.gl/LPCrVM  Tweet4Wolves

Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass & #PrinceOfWalesWolves pay with their lives!  @interior goo.gl/LPCrVM Tweet4Wolves

2014-2015 harvest of #PrinceOfWalesWolves was unsustainable. These rare wolves need protection under #ESA now.  @nytimes  @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

2014-2015 harvest of #PrinceOfWalesWolves was unsustainable. These rare wolves need protection under #ESA now @latimes @AP @NPR @Alaska Tweet4Wolves

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2014-2015 harvest of #PrinceOfWalesWolves was unsustainable. These rare wolves need protection under #ESA now @WSJ @newsminer @adndotcom Tweet4Wolves

29 #PrinceOfWalesWolves killed in 2014-2015 trapping/hunting season represents a loss of 1/3 of entire population! @nytimes @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

29 #PrinceOfWalesWolves killed in 2014-2015 trapping/hunting season represents loss of 1/3 of entire population! @AP @latimes @NPR @Alaska Tweet4Wolves

29 #PrinceOfWalesWolves killed in 2014-2015 trapping/hunting season represents loss of 1/3 of entire population @SecretaryJewell @adndotcom Tweet4Wolves

The hunting & trapping of #PrinceOfWalesWolves has reached unsustainable levels. Cancel the hunt! @AkGovBillWalker #EndangeredSpecies Tweet4Wolves

The hunting & trapping of #PrinceOfWalesWolves has reached unsustainable levels! Protect under ESA @SecretaryJewell #EndangeredSpecies Tweet4Wolves

ADF&G estimated only 89 #PrinceOfWalesWolves fall 2014, down from 221 the prior yr possibly as low as 50. Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker Tweet4Wolves

ADF&G estimated only 89 #PrinceOfWalesWolves fall 2014, down from 221 the prior yr, now possibly as low as 50! @SecretaryJewell Tweet4Wolves

Data in ADF&G report shows that, as of fall 2014, only 7 to 32 female #PrinceOfWalesWolves were left. Protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell Tweet4Wolves

.@USFWS is years overdue in deciding whether to initiate an #ESA status review for Alaska’s #PrinceOfWalesWolves @SecretaryJewel @AP @WSJ Tweet4Wolves

.@USFWS is years overdue in deciding whether to initiate an #ESA status review for Alaska’s #PrinceOfWalesWolves @WSJ @nytimes @AP @NPR Tweet4Wolves

After yrs delaying @USFWS  is finally working toward a year-end determination on whether 2 protect #PrinceOfWalesWolves under ESA! @WSJ @AP Tweet4Wolves

This yrs season will jeopardize the ongoing viability of #PrinceOfWalesWolves #ESA protection now! @WSJ @nytimes @AP @NPR @latimes Tweet4Wolves

This yrs season will jeopardize the ongoing viability of #PrinceOfWalesWolves @SecretaryJewell @DirectorDanAshe #Extinction is forever! Tweet4Wolves

Scientific data confirms a 60 % decline in the #PrinceOfWalesWolves population in just 1 yr. Protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

With population as low as 50 there is certainly no time 4 debate. Please protect #PrinceOfWalesWolves under #ESA @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

This yrs season of trapping and hunting will push the incredibly imperiled #PrinceOfWalesWolves closer to #extinction @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

2 maintain a viable population of #PrinceOfWalesWolves , #Alaska must cancel the season! @SecretaryJewell @DirectorDanAshe @AKGovBillWalker  Tweet4Wolves

This will no longer be a genetically viable population @AKGovBillWalker with as few as 7 to 32 female #PrinceOfWalesWolves Cancel the hunt! Tweet4Wolves

#StandForWolves  #SaveWolves Take Emergency Measures to Save Nearly-Extinct #PrinceOfWalesWolves Please sign: goo.gl/nBxK0a Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves genetically & geographically distinct from other gray wolves, urgently need protection under #ESA @nytimes @Interior Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves genetically & geographically distinct from other gray wolves, urgently need protection under #ESA @washingtonpost @AP Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves genetically & geographically distinct from other gray wolves, urgently need protection under #ESA @WSJ @NPR @latimes Tweet4Wolves

ADF&G reports there could B as few as 7 female #PrinceOfWalesWolves left on 2,600-square-mile isl. Cancel 2015/16 hunt! @AKGovBillWalker Tweet4Wolves

Alaska wildlife officials contend: “no radical changes are necessary” 4 managing nearly extinct #PrinceOfWalesWolves population Outrageous! Tweet4Wolves

ADF&G found that one wolf pack “seems” to have completely disappeared. Protect #PrinceOfWalesWolves under #ESA @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

The % of #PrinceOfWalesWolves killed last season was between 33 & 58 % of ENTIRE population. Protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Endangered #PrinceOfWalesWolves & associated islands R geographically isolated & genetically distinct from other #wolves. @WSJ @AP @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

Endangered #PrinceOfWalesWolves & associated islands R geographically isolated & genetically distinct from other #wolves. @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

The 89 #PrinceOfWalesWolves pop. estimate is outdated, @usfs briefing paper indicates, protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

The estimates were made prior 2 the 2014/2015 hunting/trapping season, wherein 29 #PrinceOfWalesWolves known 2 be killed #EndangeredSpecies  Tweet4Wolves

The estimates were made prior 2 the 2014/2015 hunting/trapping season, wherein 29 #PrinceOfWalesWolves known 2 be killed @SecretaryJewell Tweet4Wolves

The estimates were made prior 2 the 2014/2015 hunting/trapping season, wherein 29 #PrinceOfWalesWolves known 2 be killed @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

These numbers don’t include #PrinceOfWalesWolves killed by poachers. With 580 miles logging roads wolf poaching is rife! #EndangeredSpecies Tweet4Wolves

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These numbers don’t include #PrinceOfWalesWolves killed by poachers. With 580 miles logging roads wolf poaching is rife! @SecretaryJewell Tweet4Wolves

These numbers don’t include #PrinceOfWalesWolves killed by poachers. With 580 miles logging roads wolf poaching is rife! @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

#Wolves #PrinceOfWalesWolves
Please sign: Stop the Hunt & Kill of the Rare #ArchipelagoWolves: bit.ly/1kzbUiD  Tweet4Wolves

#Wolves #StandForWolves
From @alaskawild: Don’t let #PrinceOfWalesWolves Disappear Please sign bit.ly/1Pt0kkW  Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves Please sign this petition with 143,000 signatures, Save The Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves: chn.ge/20AB6q7  Tweet4Wolves

Scientific data clearly shows that the SE Alaska #PrinceOfWalesWolves R distinctive from other wolf populations in N.A. #EndangeredSpecies Tweet4Wolves

ADF&G doesn’t believe #PrinceOfWalesWolves warrant #ESA listing, a designation that would restrict costly2taxpayer logging industry! Shame! Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves need prompt #ESA protection because of their geographic isolation and proven genetic distinctiveness @USFWS @AP @WSJ Tweet4Wolves

Scientific evidence shows significant genetic differentiation between #PrinceOfWalesWolves & interior wolves @AP : goo.gl/a3wA7U  Tweet4Wolves

Recent genetic research shows a large portion of genetic diversity in gray wolf species is found in #PrinceOfWalesWolves @SecretaryJewell Tweet4Wolves

The unique genetic diversity found in #PrinceOfWalesWolves makes them especially important from a conservation perspective @SecretaryJewell Tweet4Wolves

Evidence shows significant genetic differentiation between #PrinceOfWalesWolves & interior wolves @SecretaryJewell goo.gl/a3wA7U  Tweet4Wolves

87% of #PrinceOfWalesWolves mortality is from unsustainable hunting/trapping Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker protect under ESA @USFWS @AP Tweet4Wolves

During the highest harvest year, in 1996-1997, almost 50% of #PrinceOfWalesWolves population was trapped @nytimes @WSJ @AP @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

1 of the fiercest critics of @usfs Big Thorne timber sale, in #PrinceOfWalesWolves home, is former ADF&G biologist Dave Person @AP @WSJ Tweet4Wolves

Person:“The timber sale, the final straw that will break the back of sustainable wolf-deer predator-prey ecology” @AP #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

Person:“The timber sale, the final straw that will break the back of sustainable wolf-deer predator-prey ecology” @WSJ #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

Dave Person:“The Big Thorne project puts viability of #PrinceOfWalesWolves in doubt.”  goo.gl/bqU0Dv  Tweet4Wolves

Dr. Person audio report regarding @usfs  Big Thorne timber sale & impact on wildlife & #PrinceOfWalesWolves @AP https://vimeo.com/92984376  Tweet4Wolves

Old growth logging has compromised the environmental & economic viability of the Tongass & forsaken the #PrinceOfWalesWolves @AP @WSJ @NPR Tweet4Wolves

The rapid decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves underscores the threat continued cutting of old-growth trees poses in the Tongass @AP @WSJ @NPR Tweet4Wolves

The rapid decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves underscores the threat continued cutting of old-growth trees poses in the Tongass @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

24 yrs ago authorities recognized #PrinceOfWalesWolves viability was in danger as direct result of timber harvest in Tongass @AP @WSJ @NPR Tweet4Wolves

24yrs ago authorities recognized #PrinceOfWalesWolves viability was in danger as direct result of timber harvest in Tongass @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

24yrs ago FWS said “Without significant changes 2existing Tongass LMP, long-term viability of #PrinceOfWalesWolves is seriously imperiled.” Tweet4Wolves

Logging roads clearly increased risk of death 4 #PrinceOfWalesWolves from hunting/trapping & contributed 2unsustainable rates of “harvest” Tweet4Wolves

ADF&G should consider effects of roads, & expect substantial illegal harvest where #PrinceOfWalesWolves habitat is accessible 2 humans! @AP Tweet4Wolves

.@usfs should consider effects of roads & expect substantial illegal harvest where #PrinceOfWalesWolves habitat is accessible 2 humans! @AP Tweet4Wolves

ADF&G, knowing poaching levels R as high as legal “take” should act2 PROTECT remaining #PrinceOfWalesWolves NOT encourage hunting! @AP @WSJ Tweet4Wolves

.@SecretaryJewell @DirectorDanAshe pls take decisive action 2 save rapidly dwindling population of #PrinceOfWalesWolves #ESA protection pls Tweet4Wolves

#PrinceOfWalesWolves R an essential piece of what makes our little corner of Alaska so special,” said H. McIntosh of @AlaskaSmallShip @AP Tweet4Wolves

The opportunity 2C unique #PrinceOfWalesWolves in old growth home draws people frm all over the world Essential4Ecotourism @AKGovBillWalker Tweet4Wolves

A sharp decline in #PrinceOfWalesWolves equals a sharp decline in ecotourism.”Killing wolves is bad for business” @AKGovBillWalker @AP @WSJ Tweet4Wolves

Allowing decimation/imminent extinction of #PrinceOfWalesWolves is poor stewardship @SecretaryJewell @AKGovBillWalker @DirectorDanAshe @AP Tweet4Wolves

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#StandForWolves #SaveWolves #ProtectWolves Save the #PrinceOfWalesWolves Protect under #ESA @interior @DirectorDanAshe Tweet4Wolves

Thankyou for tweeting on behalf of the Alexander Archipelago Wolves. Please consider contacting Secretary Jewell with a phone call, an email and a letter. Below you will find a sample letter, feel free to use it as is, or personalize to your liking.

Here are a few ways you can contact the U.S. Department of the Interior and Secretary Jewell:

Mailing Address:
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

Phone: (202) 208-3100
or directly to Mrs Jewell’s office: 202-208-7351

E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov

Or directly to Mrs. Jewell: Secretary_jewell@ios.doi.gov

Or through the DOI Feedback form

Dear Secretary Jewell,

Please protect the Alexander Archipelago Wolves on Prince of Wales islands under the Endangered Species Act. Scientists and conservationists assert that the Archipelago wolf population has plummeted to a dangerously low population, and that distributions are no longer sufficient to maintain genetic viability. More importantly, existing regulations (which have not been adhered to) with the failing taxpayer supported logging  projects on Prince of Wales are not adequate enough protection to ensure persistence of population numbers of this unique species.

This alarming population decline is most immediately caused by the direct take of wolves from significant poaching and the unsustainable legal take, but the underlying cause is extensive logging and roads that initiate many harmful effects, including the overharvest of wolves. Without immediate policy changes on the part of the state and federal governments, the Alexander Archipelago Wolves on Prince of Wales and satellite islands future is grim, as they appear to be on their way to extinction.

Wolves are a symbol of wilderness and ecological integrity. They are important in their own right and as a key part of a functioning predator- prey system. In Southeast Alaska, wolves bring significant economic benefits to communities as part of the package that lures more than one million visitors to the Tongass National Forest every year and that contributes more than $1 billion to the Southeast Alaska economy.

The time has come for the Forest Service to manage the Tongass for a host of public values that support the Southeast Alaska tourism. The time has come for this diminished, and unique, population of wolves to finally get the protection they so desperately need if they are to survive.

Please provide protection for the POW wolves under the ESA. Thankyou for your time and consideration of this extremely urgent matter,

Your name

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Images are also posted on our event page, feel free to use any in your tags.

Thankyou, everyone, for your dedication and ongoing efforts on behalf of Alaska’s little dark wolves.

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Update and Continued Efforts on Behalf of the Archipelago Wolves on Prince of Wales

Emergency Endangered Species Act Petition Filed.

In an attempt to protect drastically declining wolf population in Southeast Alaska, six conservation organizations (Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community, Greenpeace and The Boat Company)  petitioned for an emergency listing of Alexander Archipelago wolves under the Endangered Species Act. The petition  follows a decision by the Federal Subsistence Board that denied the groups’ July request to close federal wolf-hunting and trapping seasons on Prince of Wales and nearby islands. More information can be found in this press release from The Center for Biological Diversity.

On September 15, 2015 The Alaska Federal Subsistence Management Board released a statement  regarding the hunt for these imperiled wolves in GMU 2. The ISC (Interagency Staff Committee) found that the closure to subsistence and non-subsistence uses was not necessary for the conservation of healthy wolf populations or to continue subsistence uses of wolves in Unit 2. Rather than heeding the warning of scientists, professionals, and knowledgeable conservationists, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service  consulted with “the four local Federally-recognized Alaska Native Tribes, as well as several Federally and non-Federally qualified subsistence users with local knowledge of Unit 2 wolf populations”. In other words the local “knowledge” of hunters and trappers was held in authority over scientific evidence, facts and research. The “harvest” quota remains at 9 wolves for the  2015-2016 seasons. The Alaska Board of Game originally established a guideline which would have allowed a quota up to 18 wolves. If the board felt this compromise would be found to be satisfactory, and  conciliate both hunters and conservationists alike, they were highly mistaken.

At this point in time I believe it is imperative that we support the aforementioned organizations with an email to Sally Jewell (Secretary of the Interior), Daniel Ashe (Director U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and Geoffrey Haskett (Regional Director, Alaska Regional Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Please be a voice for this imperiled species, cut and paste the following email (feel free to personalize or add your polite thoughts) and send to:  feedback@ios.doi.gov,dan_ashe@fws.gov,geoff_haskett@fws.gov

I have also added several tweets at the bottom of this post which will be helpful to our cause though not nearly as crucial as an email. Thankyou in advance for your anticipated support. Please share this action alert via twitter.

Dear Mrs. Jewell, Mr. Ashe, and Mr. Haskett,

Please list, on an emergency basis, the Alexander Archipelago Wolf (Canis Lupus Ligoni) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Despite a confirmed 60 percent population decline on Prince of Wales and accompanying islands, ADF&G and the Federal Subsistence Board (FSB) have opened the wolf hunting and trapping season with a 9 wolf quota.  Fish and Game’s report estimated that the wolf population on and around Prince of Wales in fall 2014 was between 50 and 159, and more than likely approximately 89 wolves. This estimate does not account for the 29 wolves reported taken in the 2014/2015 winter hunting and trapping season (1/3rd of entire population), nor does it account for any illegal takes during that time or since, which studies indicate are substantial.

With a population as low as possibly 50 individuals, this year’s season will push this iconic species to the brink of extinction.

Data in the Alaska Department of Fish and Games’ report shows that, as of fall 2014, only 7 to 32 female Archipelago wolves remain. That is 7 to 32 female wolves in an approximate 2,600 square mile area. This would be possibly 1 breeding wolf per 371.4 square miles. Even if they are able to reproduce at these reduced numbers, the risk of inbreeding is high, putting them at further risk of extinction due to the loss of genetic diversity, which can negatively affect the species in many ways, such as weakened immune systems unable to fight off disease, skeletal deformities, and smaller litters with higher mortality. Genetic diversity is always a crucial factor with isolated species. If the decline in numbers is not arrested and recovery not immediately commenced, the Alexander Archipelago wolves fate will be sealed. Extirpation will be imminent.

Further evidence of a dire situation was proven when Alaska Department of Fish and Game, during their field season this spring,  visited about a dozen known den sites and found only one active den, with only one pup, indicating either entire wolf packs have been wiped out or have been decimated to a point leading to their fragmentation.

On September 15, 2015 The Alaska Federal Subsistence Management Board released a  statement regarding the hunt for these imperiled wolves in GMU 2. The ISC (Interagency Staff Committee) found that the closure to subsistence and non-subsistence uses was not necessary for the conservation of healthy wolf populations or to continue subsistence uses of wolves in Unit 2. Rather than heeding the warning of scientists, professionals, and knowledgeable conservationists, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service  consulted with “the four local Federally-recognized Alaska Native Tribes, as well as several Federally and non-Federally qualified subsistence users with local knowledge of Unit 2 wolf populations”. In other words the local “knowledge” of hunters and trappers was held in authority over scientific evidence, facts and research. The “harvest” quota remains unchanged at 9 wolves for the  2015-2016 seasons. The Alaska Board of Game originally established a guideline which would have allowed a quota up to 18 wolves. I imagine the board felt this compromise would be found to be satisfactory, and conciliate both hunters and conservationists alike.

It is my understanding that since significant illegal wolf harvest is occurring in Unit 2, it has been requested that the Subsistence Board direct the USFS and the USFWS to begin coordinated law enforcement efforts to ensure illegal take of wolves in Unit 2 is stopped, and that the local USFS manager has also requested additional law enforcement officer support in Unit 2 during the wolf hunting and trapping seasons. However with 3,000 miles of logging roads in the area, 580 alone in the Big Thorne timber project area, as well as habitat destruction from decades of logging, wolf poaching is rife and nearly impossible to curb, as is enforcing such a low quota:

Both ADF&G and the FSB attempt to enforce a season’s wolf quota by counting wolf skins that are brought in for sealing. Both State of Alaska and FSB regulations have GMU- 2 specific requirements for the sealing of wolf skins taken by trapping. The FSB regulation also applies to skins taken by hunting. In these cases a skin must be sealed within 14 days. However, ADF&G’s GMU-2 specific regulation applies only to skins taken by trapping. Skins taken by hunting fall under a general statewide regulation that requires sealing within 30 days. Regardless of which time limit applies (14 or 30 days) it is nearly impossible to enforce such a small quota. This is evident from the quota for 2014/2015 being exceeded by 16% despite an emergency order (which did not take  effect for four more days) closing the season. The smaller the quota, the greater the chances are of the quota being exceeded.

Further compounding this disastrous situation is the unregulated amount of, and location of, trappers and hunters. Neither the State of Alaska nor the Subsistence Board have regulations that limit the number of trappers and hunters who may take wolves in GMU-2, nor is there any limit on the number of traps.

Threats to this unique subspecies are amplified because the wolf represents a distinct and isolated gene pool and now very few individuals remain. The Alexander Archipelago wolves are isolated and genetically distinct from other North American wolves because of tidewater barriers and coastal mountains that limit migration to the rest of the continent. The GMU-2 population is further isolated and may be genetically distinct from other Alexander Archipelago wolves. Scientific evidence determines that coastal wolves endemic to temperate rainforests are diverged from neighbouring, interior continental wolves; a finding that demands new strategies must be taken managing this species if they are to survive.

It is obvious that the situation for wolves in Game Management Unit 2 is alarming, and that immediate, decisive action is necessary to rescue this population from extirpation. I understand that several organizations have petitioned for emergency endangered species protection for the wolves on Prince of Wales and ask that you implement this protection immediately.

Thankyou for your time and consideration of this extremely urgent matter,

Your name

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#PrinceOfWalesWolves nearly wiped out in 1 yr, plummeting 2 as low as 60 individuals, protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell @DirectorDanAshe

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These R dire times for 1 of world’s rarest wolf subspecies. #PrinceOfWalesWolves Pls protect under ESA  @SecretaryJewell @DirectorDanAshe

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#PrinceOfWalesWolves are facing a threat of extinction due to lack of food, hunting/poaching and logging, pls protect under #ESA @USFWS

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2014-2015 “harvest” of #PrinceOfWalesWolves was unsustainable, please protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell  @DirectorDanAshe

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We are calling for emergency measures to save the lives of the few remaining #PrinceOfWalesWolves Pls protect under #ESA @DirectorDanAshe

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We are calling for emergency measures to save the lives of the few remaining #PrinceOfWalesWolves Pls protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell

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.@SecretaryJewell @DirectorDanAshe pls take decisive action 2 save rapidly dwindling population of #PrinceOfWalesWolves #ESA protection pls

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#StandForWolves #SaveWolves #ProtectWolves Save the #PrinceOfWalesWolves Protect under #ESA @interior @DirectorDanAshe

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#PrinceOfWalesWolves nearly wiped out in 1 yr, plummeting 2 as low as 60 individuals, protect under #ESA @USFWSAlaska

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Emergency Tweetstorm: Save Denali Wolves

Tweetstorm for Denali National Park Wolves (Updated May/2016)


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1a. Wolf pop. has declined from 143 in 2007 to possibly below 48 in 2016. Reinstate emergency buffer zone #ProtectDenaliWolves  @AKGovBillWalker

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1b. Wolf pop. has declined from 143 in 2007 to possibly below 48 in 2016. Reinstate emergency buffer zone #ProtectDenaliWolves @DenaliNPS

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1c. Now, in 2016, one of the 2 remaining East Fork wolves of Denali was shot, decimating the population  #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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1d. Now, in 2016, one of the 2 remaining East Fork wolves of Denali was shot, decimating the population  #ProtectDenaliWolves @DenaliNPS

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2. #Alaska seems to lack regard for the visitors from around the world who come to Denali to see #wolves @AKGovBillWalker @DenaliNPS

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2b. #Alaska seems to lack compassion for the wolf families struggling to survive in the park #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker @DenaliNPS

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2c. One of the two remaining East Fork wolves of Denali National Park was shot May/2016! #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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2c. This is just what happened exactly 1 yr ago, when the pregnant female of East Fork group was shot. #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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2d. The loss of that 1 pregnant female wolf in 2015 led 2 the disintegration of entire East Fork group @AKGovBillWalker #ProtectDenaliWolves

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2e. The “Toklats”, reduced frm 15 wolves to just 2 this spring are now a pack of ONE @AKGovBillWalker #ProtectDenaliWolves

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2f. The East Fork is down to 1 black wolf. The gray male dubbed 1508 GM killed at a bear baiting station #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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3. #ProtectDenaliWolves #StandForWolves Please sign the petition: goo.gl/MD1pdq

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4. Restore Denali wolf buffer. Please sign the petition from Denali Citizens Council #ProtectDenaliWolves  goo.gl/p0ncnu

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5.#ProtectDenaliWolves Sign the petition from Marybeth Holleman – Coauthor of Among Wolves, Anchorage, AK goo.gl/K1DmcP

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6. Re-establish a buffer zone to ban wolf hunting & trapping on state land adjacent to the park. #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker @Alaska

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7. #ProtectDenaliWolves Shame on Alaska Board of Game 4 rejecting petitions 2 re-establish wolf hunting & trapping buffer zone around the park

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8. It’s far past time for #Alaska to #ProtectDenaliWolves with a buffer zone. bit.ly/1OzCgtM
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9. For 6 years now, there has been a notable decline in the number of wolf sightings in Denali National Park & Preserve #ProtectDenaliWolves

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10. A report from the NPS is suggesting that wolf hunting could be to blame for population decline. #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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11. Research indicates that wolf mortality rates in Alaska’s Denali National Park have recently spiked to worrying levels. #ProtectDenaliWolves

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12. Population of 48 wolves in 2015 is the lowest estimated wolf density since monitoring began in 1986. #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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13. It is time for Alaska 2 admit: trapping/hunting of Denali wolves has contributed unprecedented decline in wolf numbers #ProtectDenaliWolves

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14. A population of 48 wolves in 2015 is the lowest estimated wolf density since monitoring began in 1986. #ProtectDenaliWolves @interior

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15. The state & federal governments need 2 immediately close Denali & its surrounding area 2 any further wolf killing. #ProtectDenaliWolves

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16. The “unprecedented” decline of the Denali wolf population began in the winter of 2007. #ProtectDenaliWolves

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17. In the winter of 2007,  approximately 10% of entire park population was killed by trappers and hunters NE of the park. #ProtectDenaliWolves

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18. Hunting around park’s borders  directly related 2 Denali’s native wolf pop. decline #ProtectDenaliWolves reinstate buffer @AKGovBillWalker

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19. The park’s primary purpose is 2 protect intact the globally significant Denali ecosystems stated PEER Director J. Ruch #ProtectDenaliWolves

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20. Dysfunctional wildlife politics will end up killing the wolf laying huge golden eggs 4 Alaska’s tourist economy~J Ruch #ProtectDenaliWolves

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21. The % of sightseers who actually spotted a wolf has dropped from 45% to only 6% as of last summer. #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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22. More than anywhere else in Alaska, wolves in the eastern part of Denali provide significant benefits 2 Alaska tourism. #ProtectDenaliWolves

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23. Denali visitors contribute millions of $$$ each year 2 state economy. Denali visitors want 2C wolves @AKGovBillWalker #ProtectDenaliWolves

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24. #ProtectDenaliWolves Wolf viewing opportunities have historically been provided by three packs that den and range near the park road…

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25. These three family groups have been severely disrupted by trapping & hunting on state lands east of the park boundary. #ProtectDenaliWolves

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26. Not just about numbers,loss of family group integrity & unique behaviors due 2 “take” east of Denali has been dramatic #ProtectDenaliWolves

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27. There is clear need for a permanent buffer to sustain and grow the Denali wildlife viewing economy. Essential4Tourism #ProtectDenaliWolves

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28. A no-take buffer northeast of the park is the only way to rebuild and then sustain Denali’s wolf populations #ProtectDenaliWolves

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29. Financial estimates show Denali tourism contributes over a $140 million a year to Alaska’s economy. #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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30. PLS @AKGovBillWalker reinstate the emergency closure so officials can negotiate a permanent conservation easement #ProtectDenaliWolves

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31. Please call @AKGovBillWalker (907) 465-3500 ask that he #ProtectDenaliWolves from hunting/trapping by reinstating emergency closure.

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32. Please email @AKGovBillWalker: governor@gov.state.ak.us  ask that he #ProtectDenaliWolves for future generations.

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33. Please email Sam Cotten Commissioner, Alaska Department of Fish & Game: sam.cotten@alaska.gov Tell him to #ProtectDenaliWolves

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34. Please email Don Striker, Denali National Park Superintendent: don_striker@nps.gov Tell him to #ProtectDenaliWolves

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35. The dissolution of Denali’s protective buffer zone has caused radical decline of the park’s most visible wolves #ProtectDenaliWolves

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36. The acute, ethically questionable, actions of a few local trappers has also caused radical decline of the park’s wolves #SaveDenaliWolves

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37. These trappers position their snares along the park boundary, killing not only adult wolves, but pups! #ProtectDenaliWolves

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38. In 2012  a local trapper hitched a dead horse to his four-wheeler, dragged it to the park boundary to bait wolves… #ProtectDenaliWolves

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38/2. The trapper used the dead horse 2 lure & snare the pregnant alpha female of the park’s wolf group, Grant Creek #ProtectDenaliWolves

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38/3. The trapping of that pregnant alpha female wolf of Grant Creek group led 2 the group declining frm 15 wolves to only 3 #ProtectDenaliWolves

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39. Trapping on park borders & “predator-control” R cause 4 declining wolf populations~Denali Park biologist Tom Meier #ProtectDenaliWolves

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40. Holleman, author Among Wolves, made 6 attempts 2 have protective buffer zone reinstated via petitioning Board of Game #ProtectDenaliWolves

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41. Several wolf advocacy groups joined Holleman in attempts 2 have buffer zone reinstated via petitioning Board of Game #ProtectDenaliWolves

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42. Alaska Board of Game not only refused 2 reinstate the buffer zone, but created a “moratorium” on discussing it! #ProtectDenaliWolves

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43. Unlike most national parks, hunting and trapping is allowed on many Alaskan national parks preserves #ProtectDenaliWolves

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44. .@AKGovBillWalker & AF&G : ensure viability of park wildlife/wolf pop. by facilitating easement purchase by @interior #ProtectDenaliWolves

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45. Decrease in wolf sightings since protection area repeal/2010 has all but extinguished chances tourists will C wolves #ProtectDenaliWolves

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46. Wolf-viewing success has reached rock bottom at a cost to the local and state tourism economy! #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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47. An easement purchase, could help curb the wolf decline and maintain tourism  @AKGovBillWalker #ProtectDenaliWolves

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48. Alaska’s duty is 2 conserve scenery & wildlife therein, unimpaired 4 public & future generations @AKGovBillWalker #ProtectDenaliWolves

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49. No-take easement preventing take of wolves/park animals would mitigate threat of future wolf decline in/around Denali #ProtectDenaliWolves

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50. A solution is urgently needed 2 protect 1 of the last intact functioning ecosystems in the country #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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51. Alaska must protect ecosystem in Denali National Park, an easement would help achieve this @AKGovBillWalker #ProtectDenaliWolves

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52. The eyes of the nation & broader conservation community are on #Alaska @AKGovBillWalker reinstate emergency buffer #ProtectDenaliWolves

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53. 300,000+ people from all 50 states & over 100 countries signed a petition calling for Alaska 2 #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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54. 300,000+ people from all 50 states & over 100 countries have signed a petition calling for Alaska 2 #ProtectDenaliWolves @interior

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55. #ProtectDenaliWolves Scientific research proves that if trapping/hunting kills a significant breeding individual, it can disrupt entire pack

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55/2. The “breeder loss effect” is a critical dynamic driving population decline in Denali National Park. #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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55/3. 2015Denali wolf monitoring report: We found that breeder loss preceded/coincided w/most cases of wolf pack dissolution #ProtectDenaliWolves

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56. Alaskans value the opportunity 2 view & study wolves in a relatively undisturbed predator-prey system #ProtectDenaliWolves @USFWSAlaska

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57. Alaskans value the opportunity 2 view & study wolves in a relatively undisturbed predator-prey system #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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58. Many Alaskans value and want to retain true conservation in Denali National Park #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker @USFWSAlaska

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59. It is the wish of many Alaskans that the Board of Game support the desires of Alaskans & protect the wolves/wildlife. #ProtectDenaliWolves

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60. For many Alaskans this is about conserving a certain collection of wolves that den inside the park. #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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61. There are known groupings of wolves that historically use Denali 4 denning attracting visitors from around the world #ProtectDenaliWolves

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62. Changes in bear hunting regulations had the unforeseen effect of bringing more hunters into the field. #ProtectDenaliWolves

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63. Spring bear baiting season occurs when wolf hunting season is still open exacerbating wolf pop. decline. #ProtectDenaliWolves @USFWSAlaska

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64. Last year #wolves visited bear bait stations, just outside Denali, & 2 East Fork pack wolves were killed #ProtectDenaliWolves

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64b. The loss of the pregnant female wolf in 2015 led to the disintegration of entire E. Fork group @AKGovBillWalker #ProtectDenaliWolves

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64c. #ProtectDenaliWolves Now, with one of the two remaining East Fork wolves of Denali National Park shot…@AKGovBillWalker

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64d.  This leaves 1 lone survivor, who may be a pregnant female, a miracle if her &pups survive! SHAME! @AKGovBillWalker #ProtectDenaliWolves

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65. This situation is critical! The East Fork den is close 2 the park boundary & bait stations! Buffer & #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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66. East Fork wolves have the potential 2B most viewed by park visitors, through placement of their den. #ProtectDenaliWolves @AKGovBillWalker

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67. Declines in the pop. of wolves who den/raise pups in Denali have caused concern in local community @AKGovBillWalker 

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68. Emergency closure or hunting season (Aug.10-May 31), 10 WOLF TAKE, will continue adjacent 2 boundary of  park. #ProtectDenaliWolves

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69. Denali wolf population declined from 143 in 2007 to under 48 in 2016. Reinstate emergency buffer zone #ProtectDenaliWolves @newsminer @AP

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70. Denali wolf pop. declined frm 143 in 2007 to possibly below 48 in 2016. Reinstate emergency buffer zone #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @WSJ

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71. Denali wolf pop. declined frm 143 in 2007 2 possibly under 48~2016. Reinstate emergency buffer zone #ProtectDenaliWolves @Alaska @adndotcom

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72. East Fork #wolf population has declined to just ONE in 2016. Reinstate emergency buffer zone #ProtectDenaliWolves @latimes @NPR

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73. Denali #wolf numbers hit new low. Just ONE wolf remains in E. Fork pack  #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @newsminer @Alaska

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74. 1 lone survivor~East Fork pack who may be a pregnant female, a miracle if her &pups survive! #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @alaskapublic

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75.1 lone survivor~East Fork pack who may be a pregnant female, a miracle if her &pups survive! #ProtectDenaliWolves @WSJ @AP @NPR @latimes

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76.1 lone survivor~East Fork pack who may be a pregnant female, a miracle if her &pups survive!   #ProtectDenaliWolves @USFWSAlaska @adndotcom

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77. Reinstate emergency closure 2 ban wolf hunting/trapping on state land adjacent to park. #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @WSJ @AP @newsminer

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78. Reinstate emergency closure 2ban wolf hunting/trapping on state land adjacent to park #ProtectDenaliWolves @USFWSAlaska @latimes @adndotcom

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79. #ProtectDenaliWolves Shame on Alaska Board of Game 4 rejecting petitions 2 re-establish wolf hunting/trapping buffer around Denali @nytimes

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80. #ProtectDenaliWolves Shame on Alaska Board of Game 4 rejecting petitions 2 re-establish wolf hunting/trapping buffer around Denali @AP @NPR

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81.#ProtectDenaliWolves Shame on Alaska Board of Game 4 rejecting petitions 2 re-establish wolf hunting/trapping buffer around Denali @latimes

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82. #Wolf hunting is August 10 thru May 31 in/around Denali National Park, despite record low wolf pop. @nytimes @AP #ProtectDenaliWolves

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83. #Wolf hunting is August 10 thru May 31 in/around Denali National Park, despite record low wolf pop @WSJ @latimes #ProtectDenaliWolves

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84. Wolf hunting is August 10 thru May 31 in/around Denali National Park, despite record low wolf pop @NPR @Alaska #ProtectDenaliWolves

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85. Wolf hunting season opens Aug. 10 in/around Denali National Park, with pups barely 4 mos. old. Horrific! #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @AP

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86. Wolf hunting season opens Aug. 10 in/around Denali National Park, with pups barely 4 mos. old. Horrific! #ProtectDenaliWolves @WSJ @latimes

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87. Wolf hunting season opens Aug. 10 in/around Denali National Park, with pups barely 4 mos. old. Horrific! #ProtectDenaliWolves @NPR @USFWS

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88. For 5 yrs. now, there has been a notable decline in the number of wolf sightings in Denali Park/Preserve #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @AP

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89. For 5 yrs. now, there has been a notable decline in the number of wolf sightings in Denali Park/Preserve #ProtectDenaliWolves @latimes @WSJ

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90. For 5 yrs. now, there has been notable decline in the number of wolf sightings in Denali Park/Preserve #ProtectDenaliWolves @NPR @newsminer

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91. For 5 yrs. now, there has been notable decline in the number of wolf sightings in Denali Park/Preserve #ProtectDenaliWolves @USFWS @Alaska

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92. New report from the NPS suggests that wolf hunting could B2 blame 4 population decline. @nytimes @WSJ @AP @NPR @Alaska #ProtectDenaliWolves

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93. New report from the NPS suggests that wolf hunting could B2 blame 4 population decline. @latimes @newsminer @adndotcom #ProtectDenaliWolves

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94. Research indicates that wolf mortality rates in Denali have recently spiked 2 worrying levels #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @WSJ @AP @NPR

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95. Research indicates that wolf mortality rates in Denali have recently spiked 2 worrying levels #ProtectDenaliWolves @Alaska @USFWSAlaska

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96. Population of 48 wolves in 2015 is lowest estimated wolf density since monitoring began in 1986. #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @AP @NPR

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97. Population of 48 wolves in 2015 is lowest estimated wolf density since monitoring began in 1986. #ProtectDenaliWolves @latimes @WSJ @Alaska

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98. Population of 48 wolves in 2015 is lowest estimated wolf density since monitoring began in 1986. #ProtectDenaliWolves @newsminer @adndotcom

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99. .@AKGovBillWalker needs2 immediately close Denali & surrounding area 2 any further wolf killing #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @WSJ @AP @NPR

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100. .@AKGovBillWalker needs2 immediately close Denali & surrounding area 2 any further wolf killing #ProtectDenaliWolves @latimes @Alaska

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101. .@AKGovBillWalker needs2 immediately close Denali & surrounding area 2 any further wolf killing #ProtectDenaliWolves @adndotcom @newsminer

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102. The % of sightseers who actually spotted a wolf has dropped from 45% to only 6% as of last summer #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @AP @NPR

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103. The % of sightseers who actually spotted a wolf has dropped from 45%  2only 6% as of last summer #ProtectDenaliWolves @latimes @WSJ @Alaska

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104. The % of sightseers who actually spotted a wolf has dropped from 45%  2only 6% as of last summer #ProtectDenaliWolves @newsminer @adndotcom

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105. Denali visitors contribute millions of $$$ each yr 2 state economy. Denali visitors want 2C wolves  #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @AP @NPR

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106. Denali visitors contribute millions of $$$ yearly 2state economy Denali visitors want 2C wolves  #ProtectDenaliWolves @latimes @WSJ @Alaska

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107. Denali visitors add millions of $$$ each year 2state economy Denali visitors want 2C wolves  #ProtectDenaliWolves @newsminer @adndotcom

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108. .@AKGovBillWalker must reinstate emergency closure while officials negotiate perm. conservation easement #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @AP

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109. .@AKGovBillWalker must reinstate emergency closure while officials negotiate conservation easement #ProtectDenaliWolves @latimes @WSJ

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110. Wolf-viewing success has reached rock bottom at a cost to the local and state tourism economy! #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @AP @NPR

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111. Wolf-viewing success has reached rock bottom at a cost to the local and state tourism economy! #ProtectDenaliWolves @latimes @WSJ @Alaska

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112. Alaska’s duty is 2 conserve scenery/wildlife therein, unimpaired 4 public & future generations  #ProtectDenaliWolves @nytimes @AP @NPR

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113. Alaska’s duty is 2 conserve scenery/wildlife therein, unimpaired 4 public & future generations  #ProtectDenaliWolves @latimes @WSJ @Alaska

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114. The eyes of the nation & broader conservation community R on #Alaska ! Reinstate emergency measures. #ProtectDenaliWolves

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115. The eyes of the nation & broader conservation community R on #Alaska ! Reinstate emergency measures. #ProtectDenaliWolves @latimes @WSJ

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Thankyou, everyone, for your efforts on behalf of the wolves of Denali National Park!

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Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago Wolves

Photo credit ©Marc Huber

Tweetstorm for Archipelago Wolves. Please do not start before 3:00 p.m. eastern time, July 27, 2015

1. #ArchipelagoWolves nearly wiped out in 1 year, plummeting to as low as 60 individuals, protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell

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2. #StandForWolves #StandForArchipelagoWolves Please join tweetstorm in progress: https://intheshadowofthewolf.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/alaskas-alexander-archipelago-wolves/?preview=true

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3. Emergency steps must be taken to preserve the few #wolves that remain. #ArchipelagoWolves @POTUS  @Interior #StandForWolves

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4. These are dire times for 1 of the world’s rarest wolf subspecies. #ArchipelagoWolves Please protect under ESA  @SecretaryJewell @DirectorDanAshe

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5. #ArchipelagoWolves a unique subspecies of North American wolves, from which they have been isolated for millennia are highly #endangered.

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6. #ArchipelagoWolves rely almost exclusively on a single prey species, also in decline, the Sitka black-tailed deer.

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7. The #ArchipelagoWolves and the deer have suffered over the past few decades as logging has eroded their island habitats.

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8. The Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves are facing a threat of extinction due to lack of food, hunting/poaching and logging @SecretaryJewell

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9. #ArchipelagoWolves are facing a threat of extinction due to lack of food, hunting/poaching and logging, protect under #ESA @USFWS

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10. 2014-2015 “harvest” of Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves was unsustainable, please protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell  @DirectorDanAshe

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11. #ArchipelagoWolves are facing  threat of extinction due to lack of food, hunting/poaching & logging, please report @nytimes @washingtonpost

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12. 2014-2015 harvest of #ArchipelagoWolves was unsustainable. These rare wolves need protection under #ESA now.  @nytimes  @washingtonpost

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13. 29 #ArchipelagoWolves killed in the 2014-2015 trapping/hunting season represents a loss of one-third of the entire population! @nytimes

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14. 29 #ArchipelagoWolves killed in the 2014-2015 trapping/hunting season represents a loss of one-third of the entire population @washingtonpost

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15. Official memorandum reported population only 89 #ArchipelagoWolves / fall 2014, down from 221 the prior year, protect under #ESA  @USFWS

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16. Opening another trapping/hunting season on this small, declining population is madness – Larry Edwards of @Greenpeace #ArchipelagoWolves

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17. #Alaska Confirms 60 Percent Decline in Rare #ArchipelagoWolves Population, Still Plans Trapping & Hunting Season  @nytimes  @latimes

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18. #Alaska Confirms 60 Percent Decline in Rare #ArchipelagoWolves Population, Still Plans Trapping & Hunting Season @washingtonpost

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19. Emergency Action needs to be taken now for rare #ArchipelagoWolves Please report @nytimes @latimes  info here: http://t.co/eGoYACMIpw

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20. .@USFWS  is working toward a year-end determination whether 2 protect #ArchipelagoWolves under #ESA ~ well after hunt begins! @nytimes

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21. .@USFWS  is working toward year-end determination whether 2 protect #ArchipelagoWolves under #ESA, well after hunt begins @washingtonpost

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22. .@usfs wants public 2 believe ADF&G’s mgmt of trapping/hunting can mitigate effects of overlogging/habitat destruction! #ArchipelagoWolves

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23. #Wolves #ArchipelagoWolves #StandForWolves PLS sign and share: Defend rare Alaskan wolf habitat: http://t.co/VRqHodBlo1

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24. #StandForWolves  #ArchipelagoWolves Save the Tongass National Forest rare #wolf habitat. Please sign and share: https://t.co/GFFt7HPVch

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25. Over 1/2 of the old-growth forests that the #ArchipelagoWolves rely on for hunting, denning & raising pups are now gone! @nytimes @latimes

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26. Over 1/2 of the old-growth forests that the #ArchipelagoWolves rely on for hunting, denning & raising pups are now gone! @washingtonpost

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27.The hunting and trapping of #ArchipelagoWolves has reached unsustainable levels. Cancel the hunt! @AkGovBillWalker #EndangeredSpecies

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28. ADF&G estimated only 89 #ArchipelagoWolves in fall 2014, down from 221 the prior yr possibly as low as 50. Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker

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29.Data in ADF&G report shows that, as of fall 2014, only 7 to 32 female #ArchipelagoWolves were left. Cancel the hunt!  @AKGovBillWalker

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30. .@USFWS is years overdue in deciding whether to initiate an #ESA status review for Alaska’s Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves. @SecretaryJewell

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31. After yrs delaying @USFWS  is finally working toward a year-end determination on whether to protect #ArchipelagoWolves under #ESA!

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32. Yet another hunting season could jeopardize the ongoing viability of Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves on Prince of Wales. #ESA protection now!

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33. With numbers possibly as low as 50 the time to protect #ArchipelagoWolves is now, before the hunt this fall @SecretaryJewell

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34. The @usfs approved an ill-conceived logging operation within the Tongass National Forest, the #ArchipelagoWolves home… @SecretaryJewell

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35. Now, lack of old-growth forests 4 protection, #ArchipelagoWolves primary prey, Sitka black-tailed deer, R also in decline @SecretaryJewell

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36. We are calling for emergency measures to save the lives of the few remaining #ArchipelagoWolves. Pls protect under #ESA @directorDanAshe

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37. We are calling for emergency measures to save the lives of the few remaining #ArchipelagoWolves Pls protect under #ESA @Interior

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38. Alaska’s rare Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves, are under the threat of #extinction. Take emergency action @POTUS #EndangeredSpecies

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39. With a population as low as 60 there is certainly no time for debate. Do the right thing, pls protect #ArchipelagoWolves under #ESA @USFWS

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40. Scientific data confirms a 60 % decline in the #ArchipelagoWolves population in just 1 yr.  Cancel the hunt! @AKGovBillWalker

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41. Another open season of trapping and hunting will push the incredibly imperiled #ArchipelagoWolves closer to #extinction @AKGovBillWalker

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42. To maintain a viable population of Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves on Prince of Wales, Alaska must cancel the season. @AKGovBillWalker

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43. Shame on @usfs  pushing ahead with 6,000 acres of old-growth logging and 80 miles of logging road through #ArchipelagoWolves habitat!

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44.This will no longer be a genetically viable population @AKGovBillWalker with as few as 7 to 32 female #ArchipelagoWolves Cancel the hunt!

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45. #StandForWolves  #SaveWolves Take Emergency Measures to Save Nearly-Extinct #ArchipelagoWolves Please sign: http://t.co/MpsG4Z5S9y

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46.#ArchipelagoWolves, genetically and geographically distinct from other gray wolves, urgently need protection under #ESA @nytimes @Interior

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47. #ArchipelagoWolves, genetically and geographically distinct from other gray wolves, urgently need protection under #ESA @washingtonpost

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48. Take Emergency Measures to Save Nearly-Extinct Wolves #ArchipelagoWolves #EndangeredSpecies Please sign:  goo.gl/7RaXSx

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49. ADF&G reports there could be as few as 7 female #ArchipelagoWolves left on the 2,600-square-mile isl. Cancel 2015/16 hunt! @AKGovBillWalker

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50. Alaska wildlife officials contend: “no radical changes are necessary” 4 managing nearly extinct #ArchipelagoWolves population Outrageous!

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51.ADF&G found that one wolf pack “seems” to have completely disappeared. Emergency protection needed now 4 #ArchipelagoWolves @USFWS

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52.The percentage of #ArchipelagoWolves killed last season was between 33 and 58 % of the ENTIRE population. Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker

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53.Hunt still scheduled though the % of #ArchipelagoWolves killed last season was 33 to 58 % of ENTIRE population @nytimes slated 4 extinction

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54. Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass and #ArchipelagoWolves pay with their lives, #Extinction  goo.gl/LPCrVM

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55. Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass and #ArchipelagoWolves pay with their lives @nytimes  goo.gl/LPCrVM

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56. Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass & #ArchipelagoWolves pay with their lives @washingtonpost  goo.gl/LPCrVM

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57. Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass & #ArchipelagoWolves pay with their lives @latimes  goo.gl/LPCrVM

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58. Endangered #ArchipelagoWolves on Prince of Wales & associated islands R geographically isolated & genetically distinct from other #wolves.

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59.The 89 #ArchipelagoWolves pop. estimate is already outdated, the Forest Service briefing paper indicates. Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker

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60. The estimates were made prior 2 the 2014/2015 hunting/trapping season, wherein 29 #ArchipelagoWolves known 2 be killed #EndangeredSpecies

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61.These numbers do not include #ArchipelagoWolves killed by poachers. With 580 miles logging roads wolf poaching is rife! #EndangeredSpecies

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62. Scientific data clearly shows that the SE Alaska #ArchipelagoWolves R distinctive from other wolf populations in N.A. #endangeredspecies

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63.ADF&G does not believe #ArchipelagoWolves warrant #ESA listing, a designation that would restrict costly (taxpayer) logging industry. Shame!

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64. Southeast’s #ArchipelagoWolves need prompt ESA protection because of their geographic isolation and proven genetic distinctiveness @USFWS

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65. Scientific evidence shows significant genetic differentiation between POW #ArchipelagoWolves & interior wolves: goo.gl/a3wA7U

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66. Recent genetic research shows a large portion of genetic diversity in gray wolf species is found in #ArchipelagoWolves @SecretaryJewell

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67.This unique genetic diversity found in #ArchipelagoWolves, makes them especially important from a conservation perspective @SecretaryJewell

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68. 87% of #ArchipelagoWolves mortality on POW is from unsustainable hunting/trapping Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker protect under ESA @USFWS

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69. During the highest harvest year, in 1996-1997, almost 50 percent of POW’s #ArchipelagoWolves population was trapped @nytimes

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70. One of the fiercest critics of Forest Service’s Big Thorne timber sale, in #ArchipelagoWolves home, is former ADF&G biologist Dave Person

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71. Person: “The timber sale, the final straw that will break the back of sustainable wolf-deer predator-prey ecology.” Save #ArchipelagoWolves

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72. Dave Person: “The Big Thorne project puts viability of #ArchipelagoWolves on POW in doubt.” His report: goo.gl/bqU0Dv

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73. Dr. Person audio report regarding @usfs  Big Thorne timber sale & the impact on wildlife & #ArchipelagoWolves https://vimeo.com/92984376

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74. Old growth logging has compromised the environmental and economic viability of the Tongass and forsaken the #ArchipelagoWolves.

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75. The rapid decline of #ArchipelagoWolves underscores the threat continued cutting of old-growth trees poses in the Tongass National Forest.

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76. 24 yrs ago authorities recognized #ArchipelagoWolves viability was in danger as a direct result of timber harvest in Tongass.

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77. 24 yrs ago FWS said “Without significant changes 2 existing Tongass LMP, long-term viability of #Archipelagowolves is seriously imperiled.”

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78. Logging roads clearly increased risk of death 4 #ArchipelagoWolves from hunting & trapping & contributed 2 unsustainable rates of “harvest”

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79. ADF&G should consider effects of roads, & expect substantial illegal harvest where #ArchipelagoWolves habitat is accessible to humans!

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80.ADF&G, knowing poaching levels are as high as legal “take” should act 2 PROTECT remaining #ArchipelagoWolves NOT encourage hunting!

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81. Regional Supervisor for ADF&G, Ryan Scott,  thinks there is enough of a population of #ArchipelagoWolves to allow some form of “harvest”…

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82. #ArchipelagoWolves population plummeted 60 % in just one year, leaving only 60 wolves and Ryan Scott sees room for a “harvest”!

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83. With possibly only as few as 7 female #ArchipelagoWolves on POW, Ryan Scott sees room for a harvest! This is an #EndangeredSpecies

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84. Please call regional supervisor for ADF&G, Ryan Scott, and tell him there is no room for a “harvest” of #ArchipelagoWolves  (907) 465-4359

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85. Email regional supervisor for ADF&G, Ryan Scott, & tell him there is no room for a “harvest” of #ArchipelagoWolves   ryan.scott@alaska.gov

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86. Please call the director for ADF&G, Bruce Dale, and ask him to cancel the unsustainable hunt of #ArchipelagoWolves on POW: (907)861-2101

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87. Please email the director for ADF&G, Bruce Dale, and ask him to cancel the hunt of #ArchipelagoWolves on POW: bruce.dale@alaska.gov

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88. Please call @AKGovBillWalker ask him to take emergency action, cancel the hunt for imperiled #ArchipelagoWolves  (907)465-3500

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89. Please email @AKGovBillWalker ask him to take emergency action, cancel the hunt for imperiled #ArchipelagoWolves  goo.gl/rfuVkA

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90. Please contact the @usfs ask them to suspend logging & road-building in its Big Thorne timber sale. Save #ArchipelagoWolves (800)-832-1355

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91. .@AKGovBillWalker pls take decisive action 2 save the rapidly dwindling population of Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves on Prince of Wales.

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92. .@DirectorDanAshe pls take decisive action to save the rapidly dwindling population of Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves on Prince of Wales.

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93. #ArchipelagoWolves are an essential piece of what makes our little corner of Alaska so special,” said Hunter McIntosh of @AlaskaSmallShip

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94. The opportunity 2C unique #ArchipelagoWolves in old growth home draws people from all over the world. Essential4Ecotourism @AKGovBillWalker

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95. A sharp decline in Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves equals a sharp decline in ecotourism.”Killing wolves is bad for business” @AKGovBillWalker

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96. Allowing the decimation & imminent extinction of #ArchipelagoWolves is poor stewardship @SecretaryJewell @AKGovBillWalker @DirectorDanAshe

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97.#StandForWolves Please send an easy cut and paste email on behalf of #ArchipelagoWolves : http://wp.me/p6o9qd-1E

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98. Thankyou, @CenterForBioDiv , @Greenpeace and @AlaskaSmallShip for your efforts on behalf of the Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves

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99. Thanks to everyone who tweeted on behalf of #ArchipelagoWolves Stay in touch for future storms/actions: https://t.co/eEorYSwIug

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100. #StandForWolves #SaveWolves #ProtectWolves Save the Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves on POW List under #ESA @interior

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Thankyou for Standing for Wolves!

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Alaska’s Obligation To Save The Alexander Archipelago Wolves on Prince of Wales

ACTION ALERT:

Please cut and paste this email, feel free to personalize, or write your own. Please find email addresses at end of post to cut and paste into your browser. Thankyou so much for your support!

Dear Governor Walker,

With all due respect, sir, Alaska must take responsibility to protect the Alexander Archipelago Wolves on Prince of Wales. Protecting this imperiled species is the state agencies’ obligation to their citizens.

Scientists and conservationists assert that the Archipelago wolf population has plummeted to a dangerously low population, and that distributions are no longer sufficient to maintain genetic viability. More importantly, existing regulations (which have not been adhered to) with the failing taxpayer supported logging  projects on Prince of Wales are not adequate enough protection to ensure persistence of population numbers of this unique species.

Fish and Game’s report estimated that the wolf population on and around Prince of Wales in fall 2014 was between 50 and 159, and more than likely approximately 89 wolves, down from the estimated population of 250 to 350 in 1993. This report also stated that females have been reduced to only 25 % of the plummeting population, completely compromising the wolves’ ability to recover from their decline, not to mention maintaining any sort of genetic diversity!  The 2014 estimate does not account for the 29 wolves reported taken in the 2014/2015 winter hunting and trapping season, nor does it account for any illegal takes during that time or since, which studies indicate are substantial.

Prince of Wales Island is the most heavily logged part of southeast Alaska, with the Forest Service disregarding and circumventing its road density standard and guidelines, creating a high road density which goes hand in hand with uncontrollable wolf poaching. Big Thorne’s 46 miles of new roads would add to 580 miles in that project area already with another 37 miles which would be reopened or reconstructed putting the wolf at even greater risk. 

The federal government failed to heed research by Dr. David K. Person, a former Alaska Fish and Game wildlife biologist and foremost expert on Alexander Archipelago wolves. A formal declaration by Person says that Big Thorne would “break the back” of the ecosystem dynamic between the wolves, deer and hunters on the island.

The Wildlife Trust Doctrine, a branch of the Public Trust Doctrine, defines the obligation of the states responsibility and obligation to its citizens, and dictates that wildlife has no owners at all, and therefore belongs to all citizens equally. As a result, states have a “sovereign trust obligation” to ensure that wildlife resources are protected and managed responsibly, including the wolf, not just for the benefit of current citizens, but also over the long term. The Wildlife Trust Doctrine imposes a duty to ensure proper protection for the Alexander Archipelago wolf, as well as any other species no longer (or never) protected by the federal government. 

Again, I respectfully request that you implement emergency measures to protect the few remaining Archipelago Wolves and their habitat, beginning with canceling the 2015-2016 hunt.

Thankyou for your time and consideration of this extremely important matter,

Your name, and please include your address.

My apologies, you will have to cut and paste these addresses (below) into your email manually as linking them would have brought you to the government websites. My apologies for the inconvenience.

Email Governor Walker here.

Please send a copy (cut and paste) to these government officials:

bruce.dale@alaska.gov, ttidwell@fs.fed.us, subsistence@fws.gov, feedback@ios.doi.gov, ryan.scott@alaska.gov

Once again, Thankyou so much for your support!

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Be A Voice For Alaska’s Archipelago Wolves

Please send off these tweets to your following at your leisure over the weekend for added support. This imperiled species needs our help urgently with as many voices as we can muster! Thankyou.

**Tweetstorm**  #Wolves  #StandForWolves  Please be a voice for Archipelago Wolves: https://t.co/eEorYSwIug PLS RT

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Alaska’s #Wolves face catastrophe, Alexander Archipelago Wolves population plummeted 60% in 1 yr. Be their voice:  goo.gl/R5FfLq

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**Tweetstorm**  #Wolves #SaveWolves #StandForWolves Be a voice for the imperiled Archipelago Wolves:  http://t.co/oPeXzNcwgc

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Demand #Alaska call off the hunting & trapping season 4  imperiled Archipelago #Wolves PLS join tweetstorm 7/27: goo.gl/R5FfLq

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Archipelago #wolves should be protected under #ESA as an #EndangeredSpecies. Help make this happen! Tweetstorm: goo.gl/R5FfLq

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The time to save Alaska’s #wolves is now! Be a voice for Archipelago Wolves. Please join tweetstorm 7/27 #SaveWolves Help out: goo.gl/R5FfLq

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Alaska’s Prince of Wales #Wolves are nearing #Extinction. Demand emergency protection! #StandForWolves  goo.gl/R5FfLq

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