The Wolf Intelligencer


Alaska / Beringia


Wolves in State & National Parks and Protected Areas in Alaska
Wolves in Denali National Park and Preserve
Wolves in Kenai Fjords National Park / Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Wolves in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve
Katmai National Park and Preserve
Tongass National Forest
Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Becharof National Wildlife Refuge, Innoko National Wildlife Refuge, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge, Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge, Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Caribou Herds of Alaska
Barren-Ground Caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus), porcupine caribou or Grant’s caribou (Rangifer tarandus granti)
Adak, Nushagak, Central Arctic, Delta, Denali, Farewell -Big River, Fortymile, Fox River, Galena Mountain, Hodzana Hills, Kenai Lowlands, Kenai Mountains, Killey River, Macomb,  Mentasta,  Mulchatna, Nelchina, Northern Peninsula, Nushagak Peninsula, Rainy Pass, Ray Mountains, Southern Peninsula,  Sunshine Mountains, Teshekpuk, Tonzona, Unimak, Western Arctic, White Mountains, Wolf Mountain

Boreal Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou)
Chisana caribou herd (Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve – Alaska)

Grey Wolf (Canis lupus)
Alexander Archipelago Wolf (Canis lupus ligoni)
Northwestern Wolf (Canis lupus occidentalis) – (Richardson 1829)
-syn. Mackenzie River Wolf (Canis lupus mackenzii) – (Anderson 1943)
-syn. Yukon Wolf (Canis lupus pambasileus) – (Elliot 1905)
-syn. Alaskan tundra Wolf (Canis lupus tundrarum) – (Miller 1912

Population Statistics [Alaska is home to an estimated 7,000 to 11,000 wolves. Wolves have never been threatened or endangered in Alaska]

Legal Status;  State managed

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Wildlife Conservation: The Wolf in Alaska
Alaska Department of Fish and Game; Division of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) Publications – Wolves 
Wolf Safety Brochure (PDF 329 kB)
A Case History of Wolf-Human Encounters in Alaska and Canada by Mark McNay (PDF 2.1 MB)
Managing Predators and Prey in Alaska (Video from the a ADFG website)
Alaska DFG – Living With Wolves
ADFG Wolf Management and Research

Department of the Interior |Alaska
National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)
Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife

Alaskan Organizations
Alaska Wildlife Alliance (Alaska)
Wolf Song of Alaska  (Alaska)
Cascadia Wildlands (Eugene, Oregon; Cordova, Alaska)
Wolves – Environment Alaska
International Wolf Center – Alaska
American Rivers | Colville River Delta

Alaskan News Resources and Publications
Juneau Empire (Juneau, Alaska)
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks,  Alaska)
Bristol Herald Courier (Bristol, Alaska)
Alaska Dispatch News (Anchorage,  Alaska)
KRBD (Ketchikan, Alaska)
Alaska Public Media (Anchorage,  Alaska)


Wolf and Wildlife News From Alaska

Journal Articles

Denning phenology and reproductive success of wolves in response to climate signals. Mahoney PJ, Joly K, Borg BL, Sorum MS, Rinaldi TA, Saalfeld D, Golden H, Latham AD, Kelly AP, Mangipane B, Koizumi CL. Environmental Research Letters. 2020 Nov

The Decline of Denali’s Wolves: Federal Options in the Face of Non-Cooperative Wildlife Federalism. Danley C. BYU J. Pub. L.. 2020

Spatiotemporal habitat use by a multi-trophic Alaska alpine mammal community. Dertien J, Bagley C, Haddix JA, Brinkman AR, Neipert ES, Jochum KA, Doherty, Jr PF. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 2019 Apr

[HTML] Large carnivores under assault in Alaska, WJ Ripple, SD Miller, JW Schoen, SP Rabinowitch – PLoS biology, 2019

[HTML] Integrating snow science and wildlife ecology in Arctic-boreal North America
NT Boelman, GE Liston, E Gurarie… – Environmental …, 2019 –

Resource selection by coastal wolves reveals the seasonal importance of seral forest and suitable prey habitat; Roffler, G. H., D. P. Gregovich, and K. R. Larson. 2018. Forest Ecology and Management 2018

Denning Ecology of Wolves in East-Central Alaska, 1993–2017
K Joly, MS Sorum, MD Cameron – ARCTIC, 2018

Seasonal foraging strategies of Alaskan gray wolves (Canis lupus) in an ecosystem subsidized by Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.); AE Stanek, N Wolf, GV Hilderbrand… – … Journal of Zoology, 2017

Winter hunting behavior and habitat selection of wolves in a low-density prey system. Johnson I, Brinkman T, Lake B, Brown C. Wildlife Biology. 2017 Dec

Space use and movements of moose hunters and wolves in the Yukon Flats, Alaska Johnson, I., 2015

Brown bears and wolves scavenge humpback whale carcass in Alaska. Lewis TM, Lafferty DJ. Ursus. 2014 May

Mercury in gray wolves (Canis lupus) in Alaska: Increased exposure through consumption of marine prey. McGrew AK, Ballweber LR, Moses SK, Stricker CA, Beckmen KB, Salman MD, O’Hara TM. Science of the Total Environment. 2014 Jan

The Ilnik wolf Canis lupus pack: use of marine mammals and offshore sea ice; DE Watts, LG Butler, BW Dale, RD Cox – Wildlife Biology, 2010

Harvests and uses of caribou, moose, bears, and Dall sheep by communities of Game Management Units 9B and 17, western Bristol Bay, Alaska, 2001-2002. Holen DL, Krieg T, Walker R, Nicholson H. Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence Technical Paper. 2005 Jul

Serologic survey for selected disease agents in wolves (Canis lupus) from Alaska and the Yukon Territory, 1984–2000; RL Zarnke, JM Ver Hoef… – Journal of Wildlife …, 2004

Short-term response of Gray Wolves, Canis lupus, to wildfire in Northwestern Alaska.
WB Ballard, PR Krausman, S Boe… – Canadian Field …, 2000

Summer diet of gray wolves, Canis lupus, in northwestern Alaska; RL Spaulding, PR Krausman, WB Ballard – Canadian Field-Naturalist, 1998

Comparison of VHF and satellite telemetry for estimating sizes of wolf territories in northwest Alaska. Ballard WB, Edwards M, Fancy SG, Boe S, Krausman PR. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 1998 Dec

Wolves, bears, and their prey in Alaska: biological and social challenges in wildlife management. National Research Council, 1997

Ecology of wolves in relation to a migratory caribou herd in northwest Alaska. Ballard WB, Ayres LA, Krausman PR, Reed DJ, Fancy SG. Wildlife Monographs. 1997 Apr

Biological, conservation, and ethical implications of exploiting and controlling wolves. Haber GC. Conservation Biology. 1996 Aug

Increases in moose, caribou, and wolves following wolf control in Alaska. Boertje RD, Valkenburg P, McNay ME. The Journal of Wildlife Management. 1996 Jul

Ecology of an exploited wolf population in south-central Alaska. Ballard WB, Whitman JS, Gardner CL. Wildlife monographs. 1987 Jul

Interrelationships of wolves, prey, and man in interior Alaska. Gasaway WC, Stephenson RO, Davis JL, Shepherd PE, Burris OE. Wildlife Monographs. 1983 Jul

Comparison and assessment of drugs used to immobilize Alaskan gray wolves (Canis lupus) and wolverines (Gulo gulo) from a helicopter; WB BALLARD, AW FRANZMANN… – Journal of Wildlife …, 1982

 Some aspects of the population ecology of wolves, Alaska. Rausch RA.American Zoologist. 1967 May

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