Earlier this year we posted about the tragic wolf hunting season on Prince of Wales Island, where 97% of the known population, based on the last estimate, were killed. This unprecedented killing occurred because the harvest limit was lifted for the 2019-2020 season by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), despite the apparent success of previous, lower wolf-trapping quotas in enabling the vulnerable wolf population to bounce back.
In response to this tragedy, Alaskans for Wildlife requested a Special Action Response to delay the opening date of the wolf hunting season in Unit 2 from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1. The delay in the hunting season will allow time for the 2019 population estimate to become available, so that the correct harvest limit and season lengths can be set. If the wolf population estimate is below 100 wolves, no season will be announced.
We are relieved to announce that this emergency action has just been granted.
However, this may only be a temporary reprieve for what’s left of the population, pending a population assessment by ADFG.