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State, Feds Pursuing Better Coordination After Wolf Kill in National Preserve

posted Jun 24, 2016, 3:17 PM by chloe owens

3/17/16, by Dan Bross, Alaska Public

State, feds pursuing better coordination after wolf kill in national preserve

…”A wolf was shot and mortally wounded outside the preserve, within the authorized control area, and Fish and Game personnel followed the wolf in order to humanely dispatch it…The incident, follows others in past years in which Yukon Charley based wolves have been shot by the state outside the preserve. NPS spokesman John Quinley attributes the ongoing situation to conflicting state and federal predator management policies. “They are doing what the legislature and the governor has asked them to do, and we are asking them to pay some attention to what Congress has asked us to do in terms of managing more natural populations of wolves” Quinley said. And on that border, those two management directives bump into each other and it’s not always easy.”…NPS would like it [the state] to avoid [killing] Preserve-based animals.