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Wolves

Overview

Contacts:

  • John Burch
  • Nicklas Bywater
  • Bridget Borg
  • Layne Adams
  • Judy Putera

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Resource Brief

Wolves (Canis lupus), are one of six keystone large mammal species in interior Alaska and are specifically identified in the enabling legislation and management objectives of all three CAKN parks. Wolves are good indicators of long-term habitat change within ecosystems because they depend on healthy populations of large ungulate prey (such as moose and caribou), which in turn respond to vegetation, weather, and other habitat patterns across the entire landscape. As a top predator, wolves may play a key role in influencing prey populations, and as a result may influence vegetation patterns and ungulate harvest by humans on NPS parks and preserves in Alaska. Wolves are of great importance to park visitors because of the unique opportunities to view wolves in Alaska’s parks. Information on wolf populations will allow managers to protect wolves in a variety of ways. Examples include locating and isolating active dens from disturbance; determining whether wolves are being impacted by activities (such as wolf control) outside park boundaries; and evaluating the long-term changes in Alaska populations using genetic data gathered during radio collaring.

Products

Citation Year Type Access Holdings IRMA
Klauder K and Borg B. 2017. All-wolf database. National Park Service. Central Alaska Network; Inventory and Monitoring Program. Fairbanks, Alaska. (Restricted) 2017 Relational Database Restricted 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2247672
Download Schmidt J and Others. 2017. Effects of control on the dynamics of an adjacent protected wolf population in interior Alaska.. Wildlife Monographs. 198(1):1–30 2017 Journal Article Public 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2242236
Download Wolf_rpt_2012_NRDS_vFINAL_pdf.pdf Borg B and Burch J. 2014. Vital signs monitoring of wolf (Canis lupus) distribution and abundance in Denali National Park and Preserve, Central Alaska Network: Biological year 2012 report. Natural Resource Data Series. NPS/CAKN/NRDS—2014/738. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado 2014 Published Report Public 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2218296
Download YuchWolvesNetworkMonitoring2012AnnualReport_nrss.pdf Burch J. 2013. Annual report on vital signs monitoring of wolf (Canis lupus) distribution and abundance in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Central Alaska Network: 2012 report. Natural Resource Technical Report. NPS/CAKN/NRTR—2012/736. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado 2013 Published Report Public 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2195183
National Park Service. 2013. Wolf Research in Alaska: Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve (No holdings or the holding is external. Consult the IRMA reference) 2013 Movie/Video Public 0 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2194128
Download YuchWolvesNetworkMonitoring2011AnnualReport.pdf Burch J. 2011. Annual Report on Vital Signs Monitoring Of Wolf (Canis lupus) Distribution and Abundance in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Central Alaska Network: 2011 Report. Natural Resource Technical Report. NPS/CAKN/NRTR—2011/485. Fort Collins, Colorado 2011 Published Report Public 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2175579
Download YuchWolvesNetworkMonitoring2010AnnualReport.pdf Burch J. 2011. Annual report on vital signs monitoring of wolf (Canis lupus) distribution and abundance in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Central Alaska Network: 2010 report. Natural Resource Technical Report. NPS/CAKN/NRTR—2011/468. National Park Service, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science. Fort Collins, Colorado 2011 Published Report Public 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2172370
Download DenaliWolfannual_2011_final.pdf Meier T. 2011. Vital signs monitoring of wolf (Canis lupus) distribution and abundance in Denali National Park and Preserve, Central Alaska Network: 2011 report. Natural Resource Data Series. NPS/CAKN /NRDS—2011/204. National Park Service, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science. Fort Collins, Colorado 2011 Published Report Public 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2180554
Click to view holdings Burch JW. 2009. Annual report on vital signs monitoring of wolf (Canis lupus) distribution and abundance in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Central Alaska Network: 2009 report. Natural Resource Technical Report. NPS/CAKN/NRTR—2009/228. US National Park Service, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science. Fort Collins, Colorado (3 holdings) 2009 Published Report Public 3 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/662635
Meier T. 2009. Vital Signs Monitoring of Wolf (Canis lupus) Distribution and Abundance in Denali National Park and Preserve, Central Alaska Network. Natural Data Series NPS. NPS/CAKN/NRDS - 2009/009. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado (No holdings or the holding is external. Consult the IRMA reference) 2009 Published Report Internal 0 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/663510
Download DENA_Wolf_09.pdf Meier T. 2009. Vital Signs Monitoring of Wolf (Canis lupus) Distribution and Abundance in Denali National Parkand Preserve, Central Alaska Network: 2009 Report. Natural Resource Data Series. NPS/CAKN/NRDS—2009/009. Fort Collins, Colorado 2009 Published Report Public 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2165962
Download NPS-CAKN-NRR-2009-168_Wolf_Protocol.pdf Meier TJ and Burch JW. 2009. Wolf monitoring protocol for Denali National Park and Preserve, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Natural Resource Report. NPS/CAKN/NRR—2009/168. National Park Service, Natural Resource Program Center. Fort Collins, Colorado 2009 Published Report Public 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2166209
Click to view holdings Burch J and Meier T. 2008. Where Have the Wolves Gone? Wolf Monitoring in the Central Alaska Network: Yukon-Charley Rivers (2 holdings) 2008 Resource Brief Public 2 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2166592
Download YuchWolvesNetworkMonitoringAnnualRportAugust2008.pdf Burch J. 2008. Annual report on vital signs monitoring of wolf (Canis lupus) distribution and abundance in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Central Alaska Network: 2008 report. Natural Resource Technical Report. NPS/CAKN/NRTR—2008/149. National Park Service, Natural Resource Program Center. Fort Collins, Colorado 2008 Published Report Public 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2166474
Burch J. 2006. Annual Report on Vital Signs Monitoring of Distribution and Abundance of Wolves in Yukon-Charley Rivers. Fairbanks, AK (No holdings or the holding is external. Consult the IRMA reference) 2006 Unpublished Report Public 0 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2182445
Burch J. 2006. Annual Report on Vital Signs Monitoring of Distribution and Abundance of Wolves in Yukon-Charley Rivers. Fairbanks, AK (Restricted) 2006 Unpublished Report Restricted 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2182446
Download CAKN_DENALI_ANNUAL_WOLF_REPORT.pdf Meier TJ. 2005. ANNUAL REPORT ON VITAL SIGNS MONITORING OF DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF WOLVES IN DENALI NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE. National Park Service. Denali Park, AK 2005 Unpublished Report Public 1 Link to https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2221099


Details

Key words: alaska, canis lupus, charley, denali, mammal, national park, population, predator, prey, ungulate, wolf, wolves, yukon

Subject Category:

  • Ecological Framework: Biological Integrity | Focal Species or Communities | Mammals

Taxa:

  • Canis lupus

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