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 the population to number only 89 wolves in fall 2014, 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, as of fall 2014l, only 7 to 32 females were left.
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