By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Petersburg wolf stops by Wrangell on long swim to Etolin Island


February 8, 2023

Courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game

A lone gray wolf is photographed on Prince of Wales Island in 2019. Tracking a radio-collared wolf that has traveled from Petersburg to Etolin Island will help state wildlife biologists "understand how gene flow occurs throughout this very island-dominated landscape."

Wolves are social, territorial animals that educate their young, care for their injured and stick with their close-knit family groups - most of the time, that is. In the past few months, a wolf from Petersburg has struck out on its own and taken up swimming, behaviors that are unusual - though not unheard of - for a wolf.

The swimming wolf traveled from Petersburg to Wrangell Island to Etolin Island, and its movements could help area scientists learn more about the animals' lifestyle .

The animal was captured on Sept. 14 within Petersburg city limits by state area biologist Frank Robbins...

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