Wrangell Island


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Wrangell Island

(răng`gəl), 30 mi (48 km) long and 5 to 14 mi (8.1–22.5 km) wide, off SE Alaska in the Alexander Archipelago, south of the mouth of the Stikine River. It was occupied in 1834 by Russians, who named it for the Russian explorer Baron Ferdinand von Wrangel. The city of Wrangell, on the northern coast, grew around a fort built to prevent encroachment by the Hudson's Bay Company traders. From 1867 to 1877 it was a U.S. military post; later it became an outfitting point for hunters and explorers as well as for miners using the Stikine River route to the Yukon. Lumbering, fishing, and mining are pursued in the area.
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Of those 4 species, only a single specimen of Silver-haired Bat was documented on the mainland and only the Longlegged Myotis was found north of Wrangell Island (Parker and others 1997).
That study also recorded possible echolocation calls of Silver-haired Bats from Juneau, Prince of Wales Island, and Wrangell Island, but the calls could not be positively distinguished from those of Big Brown Bats (Boland and others 2009).
It's called the Wrangell Island Project, and a draft environmental impact statement should be out by next spring, says Tim Piazza, a planning forester for the Forest Service.
Muir, who understood food chain relationships of marine mammals and did not approve of trophy hunting, was aboard the Revenue Cutter Corwin as a guest scientist when it was in the pack ice near Wrangell Island.
As the vessel approached Wrangell Island, passengers spotted 104 polar bears.
Their main population centers are the Wrangell Island and western Alaska, northern Alaska, the Canadian Arctic archipelago and Greenland in North America.
The reindeer herd on Wrangell Island has been feral since 1974, when domestic herding practices were abandoned.
There are currently two small mill operators on Wrangell Island, with at least two other potential operators looking to Wrangell.
Wrangell is located on the northwest tip of Wrangell Island about 155 miles south of Juneau and 89 miles northwest of Ketchikan.
2 miles of new road on Wrangell Island to connect the existing 40 miles of road to Fools Inlet, allowing a day boat to operate between Wrangell and Ketchikan," he says.
The Wrangell Island timber was purchased by Silver Bay Lumber for local processing.
The Cleveland Peninsula is a stem of mostly pristine, forested mainland that juts into the Inside Passage north of Ketchikan, separating Revillagigedo Island from Wrangell Island.