Romeo – Photo Courtesy John Hyde
Remember Romeo, the wonderful Alexander Archipelago wolf, who played on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juno, Alaska with his dog and human friends? Romeo was a superstar wolf but sadly his fame became his downfall. He was brutally murdered by poachers, his life snuffed out by people who have no respect for animal life. And now this incredibly endangered sub-species of wolf could slip into extinction if something isn’t done.
The Center for Biological Diversity has been working hard since 1996 to save these wolves.
February 7, 1996 – The Center and allies filed suit against the Fish and Wildlife Service for denying a petition to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf as an endangered species.
October 1996 – In response to our February suit, a federal court overturned the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to deny protections.
Late 1997 – The Service completed its court-mandated review and determined that listing the wolf was not warranted. The finding acknowledged the wolf’s declining populations but predicted that numbers would stabilize at an “acceptable” level.
December 22, 2009 – The Center, as part of a diverse coalition of Alaska Native, tourism industry, and environmental organizations, filed suit to end a 2003 Bush-era policy that exempted the Tongass National Forest from the national Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
January 2010 – The Forest Service approved an ill-conceived logging operation within the Tongass National Forest, the Archipelago wolf’s home.
August 10, 2011 – The Center for Biological Diversity joined with Greenpeace to again petition the Fish and Wildlife Service for Endangered Species Act protection for the wolf.
July 10, 2012 – The Center and Greenpeace notified the Service of our intent to file suit against the agency for delaying Endangered Species Act protection for the Alexander Archipelago wolf.
November 12, 2013 – The Center and Greenpeace notified the Service that it is two years overdue in deciding whether to initiate an Endangered Species Act status review for southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago wolves. A status review may lead to listing these wolves as threatened or endangered.
June 17, 2015 – An official memorandum issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimated the wolves’ population to number only 89 in fall 2014, down from 221 the prior year — although the number could be as low as 50.
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In 1994, southeast Alaska was home to about 300 Prince of Wales wolves, a subspecies of Alexander Archipelago wolves. By 2013, there were fewer than 250. Last year the population plummeted 60 percent to 89 wolves. New numbers confirm that the rare breed may have dropped to as few as 50.
A reported 29 wolves were…
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