Anchorage, Alaska - It appears the winter was kind to the wolves of Denali National Park and Preserve.
According to a recent aerial survey, the wolf population in the park climbed dramatically from 80 animals last year to 116 now. The National Park Service says it counted the wolves last month using six airplanes and a helicopter. Biologists were also able to radio collar three of the animals.
A spokeswoman for the Park Service says it appears no wolves were caught in traps outside the park boundaries this winter. Trapping is legal outside of Denali.
The Park Service says 18 different wolf packs roam Denali.