Aerial wolf control halted near villages

Mar 07, 2013 -- 10:10am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The killing of wolves near two villages on the upper Koyukuk River in the Interior has been stopped because fewer wolves were found than expected. Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologists have shot and killed 17 wolves from a helicopter near the villages of Allakaket and Alatna. Without more being spotted, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the aerial hunt has been halted. The department had estimated that there were between 35 and 50 wolves in the area. The goal was to eliminate all the wolves for the next five years to help increase moose survival. State biologists say the moose population in the area has declined from about 2,000 in the early 1990s to about 400 now.

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