Petersburg wolf stops by Wrangell on long swim to Etolin Island


February 9, 2023

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...

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