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Alaska knows how to manage the wolves!

Here is an article about "the slaughter of the wolves" in Alaska,they know how to do it right!

Hundreds More Wolves Targeted as Aerial Killing Programs Continue
March 4, 2005

Anchorage, AK – The death toll from Alaska’s aerial wolf killing program has reached at least 210, with hundreds more scheduled for elimination by April 30. Wolves are being shot directly from airplanes or being chased to exhaustion by aerial gunning teams, who then land and shoot the wolves point blank.

The citizens of Alaska have twice voted in statewide measures (1996 and 2000) to ban the aerial killing of wolves. Nonetheless, Governor Murkowski signed a bill two years ago overturning the most recent ban.

“It’s deplorable that Governor Murkowski continues to back the extermination of wolves in key areas across the state even though his so-called predator control programs lack scientifically-based standards and guidelines to monitor the program,” stated Karen Deatherage, Alaska Associate for Defenders of Wildlife. “Lower 48 and urban trophy hunters are clearly the only beneficiaries of the governor’s ill-advised policy.”

So far, over a hundred aerial gunning teams have obtained permits from the state to kill wolves in five relatively wild and pristine areas of interior Alaska. Plans call for up to 610 wolves to be killed in these areas by late spring. The programs are expected to last for four to five years.

Eighty grizzly bears, including sows and cubs, could also be killed this spring as part of the program. “These programs are the equivalent of short-sighted clear-cutting programs in our National Forests, only this time its wolves and bears instead of trees, in one of the few places in America where these animals still exist in natural, sustainable numbers,” says Deatherage.

The objective of this year’s program is to kill 80-100 percent of the wolves in a 50,000 square mile area in an attempt to boost moose populations for hunters, despite the fact that insufficient data has been gathered on the number of wolves and moose in this area. Aerial gunners can kill males, females and even wolf pups as part of the program.

Update on Alaska - 1/2005

The state of Alaska is in the tenth week of its aerial wolf gunning program and already 71 of the 610 wolves targeted this winter have been killed. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulation 5AAC 92.125, seven aerial wolf killing programs have been approved with a goal to kill between 1,200 and 1,400 wolves. Permits have been issued to aerial gunning team to kill 610 of these wolves this winter. Recently, 16 more permits have been issued for a fifth area along the Canadian border near Tok, Alaska. There is a scientifically significant group of wolves in this area, which as a result of years of intense study and research using aircraft, are particularly vulnerable to aerial gunners. Though this group of wolves spends a majority of their time on the federally protected Yukon Charley Preserve, they leave the preserve in winter to follow the caribou herd, making them easy targets for aerial gunners.

Terrible news from Alaska - 11/2004
Wittness Wolves being Slaughtered by Aerial Gunners

The anti-conservation Board of Game has just voted to allow up to 900 wolves to be killed by the barbaric practice of aerial gunning. This is six times as many as were killed last winter.

Easy targets against fallen snow, wolves can be gunned down from airplanes or chased to exhaustion, then shot at point blank range.

Alaska Game Board Targets Grizzlies, More Wolves - 11/2004

In order to artificially boost numbers of moose and caribou for sport hunters, the Alaska Board of Game recently approved plans to kill 80 grizzly bears by allowing hunters to bait the bears with human food. Hunting grizzlies by baiting is currently illegal in Alaska. The Department of Fish and Game may also provide a "bounty" to grizzly bear hunters in this area, pending legislative approval this winter. In addition, the board approved expanding land-and-shoot wolf killing for two additional areas, where up to 400 wolves will be killed by aerial gunning teams. All six of Alaska's aerial wolf killing programs will target nearly 900 wolves this season. These deaths, coupled with legal hunting and trapping, will result in approximately 2,500 wolves, or one-third of the Alaska's total estimated wolf population, being killed this winter. Although the Board of Game attempted to include federal lands such as Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in the wolf killing plan, efforts by Defenders and others helped ensure that these areas were excluded.

last i heard it was up over 400,almost half done!

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Alaska knows how to manage the wolves!

this ones for the guy who said wolves have never attacked humans,tell this little boy that bs story see what he thinks.

04/27/00 YAKUTAT, Alaska (AP) -- A wolf attacked a 6-year-old boy at a logging camp and tried to drag the child into woods before it was chased away by adults.

The wolf returned about 10 minutes later and was shot dead, authorities said. Game officials said such attacks are rare, and the wolf's head was being flown to Fairbanks to be tested for rabies.

"I'm not aware of a recorded incident of this happening in Alaska, and probably in the United States or North America,'' Mike McDonald, an officer with the state Fish and Game Department, told KTUU-TV in Anchorage.

State troopers said the boy, John Stingline, was bitten once in his back and twice on the buttocks. The bite to the back was the most severe injury and required stitches, authorities said. The other bites left puncture wounds.

Witnesses said the boy was playing in a clump of small trees at the logging camp in Icy Bay when the wolf emerged from woods about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The wolf was "aware of the other people around him, but his whole intention was trying to take off with the little boy,'' said camper Teresa Thompson. "He had literally picked the little boy off the ground, and this little boy is probably about 70 pounds.''

A camp carpenter threw rocks at the wolf and a dog chased it away, Thompson said. She said her husband spotted the animal about 10 minutes later and shot it.

State biologists said the wolf weighed about 75 pounds and was wearing a radio collar. Wildlife officials collar wolves to track and study their movements in the wild.

Icy Bay is about 300 miles east of Anchorage.

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Alaska knows how to manage the wolves!

Here is an article with Alaskas view on the wolf reduction program,makes sense to me.

Two hundred seventy-six wolves were killed in the second year of an expanded predator control program designed to increase moose and caribou numbers in five areas of Alaska.

While the number of wolves killed under the state-sponsored program more than doubled in its second year, the total was far below a target of 570 wolves.

Alaska's wolf control program has been decried by some groups nationwide but continues to get strong support from Gov. Frank Murkowski, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the state Board of Game. The state remains staunchly behind the program as a way to better serve Alaska hunters and rural residents who rely on moose and caribou for food.

Wayne Regelin, deputy commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game, said critics of the program, particularly those in the Lower 48, don't understand Alaska.

"I think a lot of them have no idea that a lot of people depend on wildlife for food. I don't think they have any understanding that when you get out in the rural parts of Alaska there are no alternatives," he said.

The program got its start in 2003-2004 in the McGrath area of the Interior where residents had long complained to state game officials that bears and wolves were eating too many moose calves.

The state created an intensive management study area there where it intends to remove all the wolves in hopes of repopulating the area with moose. The McGrath study area is the only one where the goal is to eliminate wolves.

Fourteen wolves were taken in 2004-2005 in the McGrath study area. Matt Robus, director of the state Division of Wildlife Conservation, said feedback from program permit-holders indicates wolves are still in the study area, which he describes as a "doughnut hole." Some of the study area is hilly and heavily treed, making it harder to hunt wolves.

"We are trying to reduce wolf populations close to zero in the small doughnut hole," Robus said.

The program is structured differently in each of the five wolf control areas. Some allow wolves to be shot from the air, others require pilot-and-hunter teams to land first and some allow both methods. The program also has a bear removal component in some of the areas.

The Legislature this year approved $650,000 for continued surveys and studies, Robus said.

"We need several years for this to play out," he said.

Signs are encouraging in at least two of the areas, near McGrath and Glennallen, where the programs finished up a second year April 30, officials said.

"They have seen positive results already from bear and wolf removal," Cathie Harms, spokeswoman for Fish and Game in Fairbanks, said of the McGrath area.

Despite a hard winter with more than 130 inches of snow in some areas and two cold snaps of more than 40 degrees below zero, a spring count of moose calves shows a 42 percent survival rate -- 17 percent higher than before the start of the program, she said.

"Despite the bad weather, things are going well," Harms said.

Near Glennallen, 67 wolves were killed this year. The game board approved the program for the Glennallen area because of steep declines in what was the top moose-producing region in the state in the late 1980s, area biologist Bob Tobey said.

He said there used to be an annual harvest of 900 to 1,000 animals in the area, drawing hunters from the Fairbanks and Anchorage areas, but harvests have fallen to about half that.

A count of moose calves and cows last fall was promising. It showed 22 calves per 100 cows -- about twice the number of calves spotted in previous counts, Tobey said.

On the west side of Cook Inlet, 91 wolves were killed this year, a figure below the initial objective.

"It turned out there were fewer wolves to start there than we first supposed," Robus said.

Efforts on the west side of Cook Inlet, where the program is in its first year, were hampered by poor snow cover that made it difficult to track wolves, he said.

"I would hope we should start seeing some improved calf survival this coming winter," Fish and Game biologist Gino Del Frate said.

At one time, the west side of Cook Inlet had as many as 10,000 moose. Recent estimates put the population at about 3,500 animals, or about a 65 percent loss, he said.

Del Frate said the program is going well.

"We did get a good start on it this year," he said.

The program, which originally was land-and-shoot only, added aerial shooting after permit holders requested it.

"They started indicating that several of the packs of wolves were in the tree country, and it was really darn tough to get in a position to take some of the animals," Del Frate said.

More than 60 moose were collared this spring as part of a calf survival study on the west side of Cook Inlet. While early, it appears that at least half of the cows have given birth and there was a good rate for twins.

"A cow that twins is a healthy cow," Del Frate said.

In the central Kuskokwim area near Aniak, 43 wolves were killed, well below the objective of 140 wolves. Poor snow conditions were a factor, Robus said. Permit holders also may have overlooked the Aniak area in favor of the west side of Cook Inlet, he said.

In the Tok area in eastern Alaska, 61 wolves were killed, less than half the initial approximation. Robus said part of the problem was that the Nelchina caribou herd tromped over about half of the game unit, making tracking difficult. The program there is in its first year.

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