Alexander Archipelago wolves, a rare Alaskan wolf, has suffered a 60 percent decline in population but is still facing an open season in Alaska.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game have confirmed that despite a massive population decline, the state will go ahead with a proposed hunting and trapping season in the Prince of Wales Island area.
The population of these wolves numbered 221 in 2013, declining to 89 in 2014 and now that number could be as low as 50 individuals left. Hunters took a reported 29 of the wolves during last year’s season which would account for over a third of the population.
Since some scientists believe that this rare Alaskan wolf is genetically different from other wolves, it could lead to other protections such as threatened or endangered status.
As of now, the open season will go on as planned starting in the fall of 2015 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working toward a year-end decision as to whether the Alexander Archipelago wolves will receive a reprieve.