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Wolf Activity Wanes

Tim Mowry / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / January 3, 2008

It's been more than two weeks since any wolf sightings in Two Rivers or North Pole have been reported to the Department of Fish and Game, but that doesn't mean the wolves have left the area.

"I don't believe the wolves are gone; they're probably still around in that general area," said Tom Seaton, the assistant area biologist for Fairbanks. "Maybe they got on a couple of moose kills somewhere off the road system and have been hunkered down there.

"There's not a whole lot of activity in the residential areas," he said.

While there have been a few unconfirmed reports of wolf activity in the area, the department hasn't received a confirmed report of wolves since Dec. 16 when someone reported shooting and wounding a wolf near 10.5 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road. The shooter reported nicking the wolf and drawing blood but told Seaton the blood trail disappeared after he tracked it for part of the day.

There was also an unconfirmed report of a dog being eaten by wolves near 24 Mile on Dec. 19, but the owner did not come forward to report it, Seaton said.

The only other sighting was reported on the department's online wolf reporting service on Saturday. That report stated that someone's neighbor had seen a wolf in a field off Herning Road at 5.5 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road on Friday.

Seaton has not received any reports from hunters or trappers who claim to have killed any wolves in the area.

The last reported kill by wolves came on Dec. 4 when a dog was killed and eaten at 16.5 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road. It was the second dog suspected to be killed by wolves in Two Rivers; one was also killed in North Pole. State wildlife biologists believe the same pack of wolves is responsible for the three dog killings.

The owner of the dog killed at 16.5 Mile reported wolf tracks in his yard on Monday but did not see any wolves.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Seaton said. "We'll just have to wait and see."

Contact staff writer Tim Mowry at 459-7587.

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