Aerial hunters have killed 124 wolves this winter in Alaska’s predator control program.
State wildlife officials believe that translates to more than 1,400 moose or almost 3,000 caribou being saved — or some combination thereof. The number of wolves killed, however, is far below the goal of 455 to 670 wolves, but it’s more than the 97 wolves taken last year.
The program, which is still ongoing, is an effort to boost moose and caribou numbers.
Wolves have high reproductive rates and some biologists question the effectiveness of the hunts. Even if 40 percent of the wolves in a pack died over a winter, pack sizes could be rebuilt by the start of the next winter, according to studies on the Kenai Peninsula by biologist Rolf Peterson of Michigan Technological University.
Theoretically, dead wolves are supposed to mean more $$$ for the state.
What they’re not telling you is that those 1,400 moose or almost 3,000 caribou that are supposed to have been saved by killing all those wolves … means there will be more moose and more caribou for human hunters to shoot.
Attracting hunters to Alaska means LOTS of revenue for the state. /Gary