Monday, April 10, 2006

State Seeks Wolf Control For Fortymile Country

The State of Alaska is proposing a wolf control program to boost caribou numbers in the Fortymile Caribou Herd, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The Fortymile caribou herd has stopped growing after it reached 43,000, double the numbers of eight years ago.

"The growth of that herd has stopped and the reason is more animals are dying," the Associated Press quoted Fairbanks ADFG information officer Cathie Harms. "We're relatively confident that the increase in mortality is due to predation."

The proposal was made at the Alaska Board of Game meeting earlier in April, but was tabled for consideration at a special board meeting to be held in May.

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