Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Predator War Foe Jim Brooks Died

Former ADF&G Commissioner and ardent foe of indiscriminate wolf killing Jim Brooks died May 19 in Juneau.

In Territorial days, wolves were killed indiscriminately statewide, using traps, snares, poison and aerial gunning. When Alaska became a state, those practices were ended, and Brooks was an important part of this.

But later, as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Brooks permitted selective wolf control.

Anchorage Daily News writer Craig Medred tells the story in the June 11, 2003 edition.

Brooks' book "North to Wolf Country - Stories of an Alaska conservationist" tells more about the former ADFG commissioner's life.

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