Horse Killed For Wolf Bait in Denali

Old news, but still “legal”:

Following up on the good news about the release of two dolphins into the wild, I learned this morning about a most heinous and perverse situation in Alaska. Healy, Alaska trapper Coke Wallace “apparently walked a horse out to an area off the Stampede Trail near the boundary of Denali National Park – an area made famous by the 1996 book Into the Wild – shot the horse, and set snares all around the area hoping to catch wolves attracted to the carcass. Wolves from Denali National Park were drawn to the dead horse, resulting in the killing of a primary reproductive female wolf from the Grant Creek (also called Toklat West) pack from the park, along with at least one other wolf. It is unknown how long the two wolves were alive in the snares before being killed and collected by the trapper. The Grant Creek wolf pack has been one of the three packs most often viewed in Denali National Park.”

All of this happened in a former buffer area where wolves were protected from 2002-2010 when the Alaska Board of Game eliminated the protected area. The loss of these wolves puts the fate of this long-lived and long-studied pack in jeopardy. Observations began on this pack back in the 1930s. Of course, the loss of any wolves due to killing another animal to use as bait is reprehensible, legal or not.

This kind of hearltess slaughter must not be tolerated and it’s important to call attention to it and to protest it loudly and clearly. While “the incident does not violate state law, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) is looking at potential violations of state water quality regulations, which prohibit discarding carcasses in surface waters of the state.”




23 thoughts on “Horse Killed For Wolf Bait in Denali

  1. “A necropsy revealed that the alpha female sat in Coke’s trap for 10 days to two weeks, eating dirt and rocks. She lost 15 percent of her body weight and broke all of her teeth.”

    Gah. This man is a psychopath, and I have no idea why he is able to do whatever he likes, with the blessing of our state and federal governments. It’s the unnecessary cruelty that turns it from hunting into abuse. As long as this abuse is called hunting, I will always oppose it.

  2. This is a monster, no question about it. Thankfully he isn’t getting any younger, and won’t have the stamina for it too much longer. But here again you have to blame the state game board and the legislatures, and the Federal government. The article says there is no requirement to check traps – at all- so they are giving tacit, wink-wink approval to extermination of wolves!

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  4. Here’s the most up-to-date trapping laws. There’s only one area, Escursion Inlet, near Glacier Bay National Park, where checking traps is legally required, for the rest of the state it is left to ‘trapper code of ethics’ to check them. *eyeroll* This Administration’s fantasy about ‘cooperation’ and appealing to our higher natures – some people do not have a higher nature. It doesn’t seem to be showing itself with the Sage Grouse, that’s for sure. It appears Hillary is going to continue this legacy. Ken Salazar anywhere near her new Administration, should she have one, is a big red flag. Her VP pick was worrisome.

    They do allow snow machines right up to the border of Denali to shoot trapped wolves.

    I truly lament the loss of Gordon Haber, what a hero who was a real challenge to this scumbag and others not as bold I am sure. *cries* I hope there’s someone who can pick up the mantle.

    • Did you all notice that for wolves and other animals, there is no limit? There’s also rabies information in case you are bitten by Coke Wallace I suppose others like him! 😉

  5. Reading the trapping regulations, it does appear they have closed the loophole whereby this man was legally able to shoot a horse on the spot and leave it for wolf bait.

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