Lower 48 Wolves to Lose Endangered Species Protections

Yesterday, the Trump administration announced that gray wolves in the lower 48 were going to be stripped of their endangered species protections, turning over their management to state and tribal entities. State management of wolves in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming has already proven to be detrimental to the species, with liberated hunting and trapping regulations regularly enacted. Lawsuits against the …

A Lifetime of Achievement: Jim Kowalsky

A huge congratulations to AFW’s founder Jim Kowalsky, who was awarded the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award last night! Jim’s passion and dedication has long been a bulwark in Alaska conservation. Prior to founding AFW, Jim served as the first executive director of the Fairbanks Environmental Center (now the Northern Alaska Environmental Center) and as a Friends of the …

What Happens When States Manage Wolf Populations?

Trump has long pushed to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from grey wolves. If removed, management of wolves is passed on to the state, as has already happened in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. What happens when states, who historically have had strong opposition to wolves due to ranching concerns, are left to manage the populations? When ESA protections were …

Lake Clark National Park Threatened by Mining

Another mining interest threatens industrialization of wild Alaska and its splendid wildlife miracle. The Canadian mining corporation Constantine Metal Resources has begun drilling in a private inholding in Lake Clark National Park. The inholding, known as the Johnson Tract, is owned by the Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), a regional native corporation. CIRI acquired the land, which is just south …

We’re Suing the Trump Administration

We’re suing the Trump administration! Alaskans for Wildlife is a co-litigant on a lawsuit filed by Trustees for Alaska on behalf of twelve additional clients. We’re suing the Interior Department and National Park Service for illegally adopting a rule that would open up national preserves in Alaska to inhumane hunting practices. Such practices include killing brown bears over bait (donuts …

BC Study Finds No Evidence to Support Predator Control

A new study released in British Columbia has found no evidence that the government-sponsored killing of wolves there has had any effect on the population of endangered caribou. The new research directly questions an earlier study that was used to justify the BC government’s wolf killing program. The implications of this new study are profound. Shortly after the earlier study …