ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE

PROTECTION STATUS: Not listed

RANGE: Southeast Alaska mainland from Dixon Entrance to Yakutat Bay, and on many islands within the Alexander Archipelago

THREATS: Legal and illegal hunting; loss of habitat due to logging and road building; decline of Sitka black-tailed deer, the wolf’s primary food source, due to development of old-growth forests

POPULATION TREND: An official memorandum issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimated that in fall 2014, the population numbered only 89 wolves down from 221 the prior year, although the number could be as low as 50. Female wolves were said to have been particularly hard-hit; data in the report show that only 7 to 32 females were left in fall 2014.

Alexander Archipelago wolf photo © Michelle Rogers