Wolves being shot near 2 Alaska villages

Mar 05, 2013 -- 10:00am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Wolves are being shot as part of a wolf reduction program under way to boost the number of moose northwest of Fairbanks. According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, state wildlife biologists on Saturday began shooting wolves from a helicopter around Allakaket and Alatna. The villages are on the upper Koyukuk River, about 200 miles northwest of Fairbanks. Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms says 15 wolves have been killed so far. The department estimates there are 25 to 50 wolves in the area. The plan is to kill between 35 and 50 wolves in the first year of the program and about half that number in the second year.

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