FWS Takes No Action on Unimak Wolves
After an initial environmental assessment looked to favor a wolf hunt on Unimak Island in Alaska, the FWS has reversed course and decided to not support a wolf hunt. Unimak Island is the largest island in the Aleutian island chain. Alaska Fish and Game biologists have supported a wolf hunt to stop or slow strong predation on the island's resident caribou herd. The Alaska Dispatch has a write up on the situation in Unimak.
After hearing from 95,000 Americans largely unhappy about a plan to kill wolves on Unimak Island, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has abandoned an earlier recommendation that action be taken to try to limit predation on the Unimak Island caribou herd in Western Alaska. The agency announced in a press release Monday that is has decided "that the 'No Action' alternative is warranted at this time."
By some estimates the Unimak caribou herd has declined from 1200 animals in 2002 to around 300 in 2010.