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Wolf & Alaskan Pipeline

Gates Of The Arctic National Park and Preserve

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Wolf & Alaskan Pipeline
It is not known how many wolves are in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (Gates), but an educated guess would be about 150 - 200 wolves. Wolves in Gates live in packs of 2 to 15 and average 6 or 7 per pack. These packs travel over large territories of about 2000 - 4000 square kilometers. Wolves eat caribou, moose, sheep, and many other smaller animals like snowshoe hares and beavers, but their primary food source in Gates is caribou. Wolves are hunted and trapped throughout the park by qualified subsistence hunters and in the Itkillik and Kobuk preserves by anyone with a hunting or trapping license. Although the number of wolves trapped in Gates every year is largely unknown it is probably about 15 to 30 per year, and likely varies considerably from one year to the next. Wolves in Gates are likely doing well as they are throughout Alaska. Anecdotal evidence indicates that wolf trapping has declined in the last few years and caribou populations are high. There is no reason to believe that wolf populations will be anything but healthy for the foreseeable future.


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