Wednesday, May 03, 2006

State wolf control efforts fall short

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the efforts by private gunner teams to take up to 400 wolves only resulted in 153 reported wolves.

The paper cited state officials as saying that high fuel prices, a court ordered cessation of the program for a week in January, and a temporary closure because of the Iditarod sled dog races were all factors in the smaller than hoped for take of wolves.

Still, state officials say that the program is already having an effect in reduced wolf numbers and improved moose survival.

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