Prince of Wales wolves causing problems for hunters

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Logging and the resurgence of wolf populations made the 2017 deer hunting season the worst ever on Prince of Wales Island, hunters claim.

Alaska's Energy Desk reported that there were fewer deer on the Island this year and that could have many impacts including economical.

On report counted 89 wolves on the island in 2011.  The estimate in 2016 jumped to 231. 

Mike Douville, who serves on a regional advisory council that makes subsistence recommendations, said it affects people's livelihoods as they use the deer meat to avoid paying higher prices for beef and other meats in grocery stores. 

State and federal efforts continue to protect the island's Alexander Archipelago wolf population.  Conservation groups have petitioned but have failed so far to have the subspecies added to the Endangered Species Act.


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