Thursday, March 16, 2006

Predator control programs crimp wildlife agency budget

Extensive predator control programs require serious funding, according to an Anchorage Daily News story. These programs have been forcing the cash-strapped agency to modify program priorities. The ADN quoted Wildlife Division Director Matt Robus:

"Instead of flying a moose survey every two years, we're flying them every three or four years," he said. "We've pulled back on sheep and goat surveys. "

"Our information for some populations isn't as up-to-date as we'd like it. We're doing less survey and inventory work than we feel we need to."

Robus was talking to the Alaska Board of Game at the beginning of its ten-day spring regulations meeting now going on in Fairbanks.

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