What animals will be extinct in 2 years?
The last remaining wolf, a male, disappeared a decade ago, probably out of concern for his young. He was probably the last surviving male of wolves in the northern state of Alaska, and likely the last male wolf in the state.
Since that wolf disappeared, some of the other wolves have come back, but they are not as strong. The last remaining female, a young female who is eight years old, has also likely been killed. The last remaining coyote, a male, has been the biggest loss by far in Alaska.
When the wolf went, a coyote came into the range. Since that coyote has gone, he will probably disappear.
What happens to our water supply in 2 years?
A large part of the state's water supply, the rivers that feed the Alaskan peninsula and the mainland, is in decline-- from 30 to 65 percent in some areas.
The loss of rivers that supply the ocean will probably lead to a loss of ice in the coastal sea, and will likely have a substantial impact on marine ecosystems. A great concern is for coastal marshes since these are crucial for the food web and provide vital habitat to some of the state's most biologically important species.
What can we do to protect our wildlife?
Every animal and plant has a right to be here, and so should our homes. These rights should be exercised responsibly with regard to our land and water.
A responsible conservation ethic involves being open to hearing the concerns of others and to being responsive to scientific and ecological studies as we develop our plans for protecting this region. The state's wildlife managers believe in using a wide variety of approaches to help achieve this goal: providing public education at the state level and in community action across all segments of our community, including the private lands and waterways that make up our region.
In addition to working to protect our wildlife, we must use science to evaluate the impacts of development to our environment and the health of the region's many animals of prey and wildlife. We should consider how we can best help them survive.
This starts with educating the public about what's best for the region's animals and how they can be supported to thrive in ways that are sensitive and appropriate for their unique needs.