(The Monitor Daily, US) – Over the last two decades, various conservation groups have been struggling to include the Alexander Archipelago Wolf on the endangered species list, but to no avail. According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Alaskan wolf will not feature on the endangered species list.
Several wildlife conservation groups have waged a silent war with the US Fish and Wildlife service over the past 20 years. The groups demand the Alaskan wolf, named the Alexander Archipelago group, should feature on the endangered species list, due to the fact that the wolf population has seen a steady decline.
This is not their first attempt to thwart the Wildlife Department’s resolution regarding the wolf population. On many occasions, representatives from the same department declared that the wolf will not feature on the list because it can’t be considered in any danger on becoming extinct.
The Wildlife department backs up its claims using several field studies conducted by wildlife specialists. According to their appraisal of the situation, the population of Alexander Archipelago wolves has indeed declined over the past decades. However, the present population is strong and healthy, thus, it doesn’t need to the put on the endangered species list.
Although the activists were unsuccessful at pursuing the authorities to take action in the case of the wolf, they’ve managed to achieve a grand victory in the area of logging. The Tongass National Forest, one of the wolves’ breeding grounds has decreased in size over the years due to intensive logging.
The Alaskan wolf will not feature on the endangered species list after the wildlife authorities declared that the wolf population is healthy. The Alexander Archipelago wolf can be found in regions covered by heavy forests.
According to the last surveys, this wolf is endemic to the forests regions around the southeast part of Alaska and on the coast of British Columbia.
However, Alexander wolf packs can also be found on the Prince of Wales Island. The activists are trying to keep the wolf population from the island in check. According to certain sources, due to intensive logging, the Alexander wolf population on the Prince of Wales Island has decreased from 300 to 50 in only a few decades.
Also, logging has diminished the deer population in the woods surrounding the Prince of Wales Island, which is more bad news for the wolf population, deer being their primary source of food.
With the restrictions on logging, activists are hoping that both the deer and wolf populations would flourish.
Despite their efforts, the Alaskan wolf will not feature on the endangered species list, Wildlife authorities saying that they are not at risk of becoming extinct.