A killing spree has almost entirely wiped out wolves on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska's Tongass National Forest in just one season.
165 wolves were trapped out of a population last estimated at 170, suddenly pushing these wolves to the brink of extinction. It's devastating.
So just moments ago we filed a petition to get the remaining Alexander Archipelago wolves the Endangered Species Act protection they urgently need to survive.
Please support our fight for these magnificent wolves with a gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.
The wolves, whose coats range from dark gray to pure black and even cinnamon, were slaughtered after Alaska, in its latest trapping season, removed limits on how many could be killed.
Taking away those limits went against the state's own recommendations, and now, heartbreakingly, the wolves of Prince of Wales Island are almost gone.
Alexander Archipelago wolves were denied protection under the Act in 2016, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service claimed these wolves were stable.
It's all too clear what happens when vulnerable wildlife isn't protected: They get shot and trapped out of existence.
We must act now before it's too late. That's why the Center has been working to protect these wolves since 1996 and why we petitioned the Service today to save them.
Only the powers of the Act can save Alexander Archipelago wolves. There must be tighter restrictions on trapping and hunting, and much greater protection of their habitat. The old-growth forest they need to raise pups and hunt their primary food source, Sitka black-tailed deer, is being destroyed.
Instead, the administration is pushing to open hundreds of thousands of acres of wolf habitat to clear-cut logging.
It's the wrong thing to do — and wolves will pay the price.
These wolves can't afford to wait. If they aren't protected immediately, they could be wiped off the Earth forever. We can't allow that to happen.
Please give today to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.
For the wild,