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Alaska plans to shoot island wolves on federal refuge

[large thumbnail url=”alaska-plans-to-shoot-island-wolves-on-federal-refuge” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”25″] [thumbnail icon url=”alaska-plans-to-shoot-island-wolves-on-federal-refuge” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”25″] Unimak Island, a 1,571 square miles and the largest of the Aleutians, is home to caribou and about four packs of wolves and it’s Federal-controlled.

Alaska officials believe the low levels of caribou on the island constitutes a conservation emergency and are planning to reduce the wolf population by the beginning of June. They plan to kill wolves which are near the calving grounds.

From the Anchorage Daily News Web site:

Concerned that wolf predation may imperil the remaining caribou on Unimak Island, managers with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Thursday afternoon they’ll launch predator control in less than two weeks on the largest island in the Aleutians, preferably by helicopter.

“The situation constitutes a dire conservation emergency,” Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd said in a letter sent to Rowan Gould, acting director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. “Immediate action is necessary.”

Missing from the announcement at U.S. Fish and Game headquarters was any representation by Fish & Wildlife, on whose land wolf control would take place. Unimak Island, the only island in the Aleutians with a native caribou population, is dominated by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Federal managers are in the midst of making an environmental assessment of reducing wolf numbers.

Read the entire article on adn.com: State to shoot wolves on island

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