Board eliminates wolf buffer zones

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2010

ANCHORAGE - State game officials have removed buffer zones for wolf trapping near Denali National Park.

KTUU reported the Alaska Board of Game, meeting in Fairbanks, voted 4-3 Friday to eliminate the buffer zones.

The National Park Service has proposed increasing the no-trapping zone for wolves on the northeast boundary of Denali National Park and Preserve.

However, Cliff Judkins, the chairman of the Alaska Board of Game, questioned the need for the 77-square-mile expansion on state land.

The proposal marked the first time the service had formally asked the state to enlarge or retain the Stampede Closed Area, one of two areas of state land adjacent to the park closed to wolf trapping. Currently, wolf trapping is prohibited on 122 square miles of state land around the park.

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