By Gary Bogue
Thursday, May 10th, 2007 at 7:33 am in Wolves.
Alaska wolf “control” program has trouble finding wolves to kill
The state of Alaska is far from meeting its goal in its aerial wolf-killing program that ended April 30. They reported 175 wolves killed, which is a fraction of the 664 animals targeted by the state’s wildlife managers.
The Alaska Board of Game says thin snow in many areas made tracking wolves difficult and high fuel prices kept some pilots and aerial gunners grounded.
Defenders of Wildlife contends the low numbers are due to a lack of wolves. Conservation groups say the state has overestimated wolf numbers and so many have been killed in past years that they’re more difficult to find.
Maybe there just aren’t any wolves left to find.
The game board launched their ridiculous “predator-control” effort five years ago to try and boost moose populations so they could attract more out-of-state hunters to come spend their money in Alaska.
Wolves don’t buy hunting licenses and contribute to the state’s economy. Human hunters do.
In an effort to speed up the number of kills this year, the state Department of Fish and Game decided to offer a $150 bounty for the left front leg of every dead wolf. Advocacy groups sued and a state Superior Court judge ordered the bounty stopped before a payment had been made, saying the department lacked the authority to offer the bounty.
So why didn’t the judge simply order the wolf-killing stopped?
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