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18 Wolves Shot Near Interior Village to Boost Moose Population

posted Apr 3, 2015, 10:54 PM by chloe owens

3/13/15, by Dermot Cole, Alaska Dispatch News

18 wolves shot near Interior village to boost moose population

Crews from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shot 18 wolves from the air this week near Allakaket in the third year of a program to boost moose populations in the upper Koyukuk River drainage. The wolf-control program is to continue as long as weather permits, said Cathie Harms, a spokeswoman for the department. The goal is to reduce the wolf population to as low as possible in an area of about 1,360 square miles near Allakaket and Alatna to allow more moose to be hunted by humans…She said the crews use a fixed-wing airplane to spot wolves and call in a helicopter, from which shotgun-wielding agents take aim. The bodies are recovered afterward, she said. The area about 180 miles northwest of Fairbanks is mostly owned by Native corporations.