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Wolves part of study shot by Alaska Fish and Game

[large thumbnail url=”wolves-part-of-study-shot-by-alaska-fish-and-game” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”22″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolves-part-of-study-shot-by-alaska-fish-and-game” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”22″] The Alaska Fish and Game “aerial wolf control program” claimed the lives of entire packs of wolves – one of which was part of a 16-year study by the Park Service.

According to a report which appeared on the KTUU-TV site, the National Park Service had asked that wolves which called the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve home be excluded from Alaska’s controversial aerial gunning program.

Alaska Fish and Game refused, but did agree not to kill collared wolves.

Unfortunately, one of the Fish and Game employees decided not to follow this agreement, and ended up shooting two collared wolves which were part of a 16-year-long scientific study.

Jim Stratton, Alaska regional director of the National Parks Conservation Association believed that the employee was aware that the wolves were collared and shot thems anyway. The Park Service provided radio frequencies to allow for easy identification of collared wolves.

Amazingly, according to the News Tribune website, the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Superintendent Greg Dudgeon says the wolf population was already significantly down before the killings and that there are plans to close all hunting and trapping within the boundries of the preserve.

A statement released by the Department of Fish and Game said:

“A possible collar malfunction or other problems prevented staff from identifying the collared wolves.”

The statement also said the incident is being investigated.

Dudgeon told the News Tribune that he had spoken to David James, regional supervisor for the interior, and that his understanding was that “the shooter, whoever that person was, did see the collars.”

KTUU-TV article: Fish and Game mistakenly shoots studied wolves
The News Tribune article: Collared wolves killed during aerial predator control

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