State postpones wolf control near 2 villages

Dec 03, 2012 -- 10:30am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The state has postponed an aerial wolf control program planned for two villages about 200 miles northwest of Fairbanks. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the program for Allakaket and Alatna is being postponed because of a lack of snow for tracking the wolves and legal issues. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that state wildlife biologists were planning sometime in November to shoot as many as 50 wolves from helicopters in a 1,360-square-mile area around the villages on the upper Koyukuk River. Residents there say predators are killing too many moose. Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms says the aerial campaign is being pushed back to mid-to late-February.

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