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Fort Richardson Closes Recreational Areas Because of Wolves

Jill Burke / KTUU-TV / December 22, 2007

FORT RICHARDSON, Alaska -- With a pack of wolves causing problems for some visitors, Fort Richardson, for now, is keeping some of its land off limits to the public.

The closure affects all areas west and north of Artillery Road.

The closures are a precaution to keep anyone recreating on Fort Richardson lands safe.

A pack of 6-to-8 wolves in the area is suspected of killing at least one dog, attacking two others and frightening hikers out walking with their dogs.

Bob Hall, the Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Army Garrison Alaska said he wants everyone to be very cautious.

"They have been out here for a while," Hall said. "They are known to be out here. We know that they are out here. We are just asking people to be very careful when they come out here."

Updated information on what areas may be open or closed is available by calling the Fort Richardson Visitors Center at 384-2916.

The Garrison said the training ranges are closed until further notice.

Contact Jill Burke at jburke@ktuu.com

 

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