Leo and Dorothy Keeler are Alaskan wildlife photographers who claim to have "Wolf Karma." If you want to see wolves in Denali National Park stick close to Leo and Dorothy. Chances are you won't be disappointed.
Of course sticking close to the Keelers means rising well before dawn, driving long distances over bad roads and sitting patiently and quietly for many hours...staying alert for wolves from first light until after sunset.
To see the Toklat wolves we followed the Keelers into Denali. Over the last decade Leo and Dorothy feel they have almost become adopted members of this wolf family. They say the Toklats have honored them by letting them photograph the family up close on many occasions.
Many tourists visiting Alaska want to see two wild animals: grizzly bears and wolves. In Denali if tourists see wolves they are almost certainly members of the Toklat family. But that trusting humans also puts the Toklats at risk.
On November 1, trapping season opened in Alaska. If the Toklat wolves wander just a few feet outside park boundaries they can now be legally trapped. The Keelers worry that when they return to Denali next spring the Toklats might not be there if the wolves don't soon get some special protection.
To see more of Leo and Dorothy Keelers' photographs of the Toklat wolves go to: www.wildernessinspirations.com
For John Blackstone's report, go to When Wolves Get Too Friendly
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