Denali is recognized as one of the best places in the world for people to see wolves in the wild.
NPS photo by Ken Conger
Life of a Wolf
Learn about Wolf Ecology Basics (wolf packs, pups, and the role of wolves in an ecosystem).
Learn about Wolf Ecology Basics for Wolves in Denali (specific information for Denali wolves about diet, causes of mortality, and more). In development...please check back later.
Consult this chart giving Natural History Information about Wolves (and other large mammals).
Check out these slides that explain in more detail three Wolf Ecology Concepts ("Wolves kill moose," "Wolf packs defend territories," and "Alphas lead the pack"). PowerPoint is 1.9 MB.
Wolf Surveys and Long-term Monitoring
Fact Sheet: Wolf Monitoring 1986-2011
Annual Report: Central Alaska Network Wolf Monitoring 2011
Wolf Research in Denali
Wolf Viewing Project
Wolf Diets in Northwestern Denali
Interactions of Wolves and Coyotes
Management Concerns about Wolves
The wolves that inhabit Denali face many natural factors such as weather and availability of prey that may affect their behavior, where they travel and have their dens, and their population size. Human-related factors, such as human development or legal trapping outside the park boundary, may also affect wolves inhabiting Denali. The number of wolves in Denali has ranged from approximately 60 to 100. However, the story of wolves in Denali is not just about the numbers (population size), but also about the ability of people to view them.
The park held a wolf program review in January 2013 in order to reflect on the legacy of wolf studies in Denali. The outcome of the review is a booklet of findings and recommendations to be used by Denali's new biological program manager to evaluate the wolf program and identify focus areas.
Did You Know?
Over 650 species of flowering plants as well as many species of mosses, lichens, fungi, algae, and others grace the slopes and valleys of Denali.