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Alaska sues feds over controversial Unimak wolf control

After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service warned Alaska not to trespass, which would have been the ultimate result of the proposed wolf cull on Unimak Island, the state has responded by filing a lawsuit against the Federal government.

The plan was to kill wolves near the caribou calving grounds on Unimak Island. The problem for Alaska is that Unimak Island is part of a national refuge and is the property of the Federal government.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the problems of balance in the area and looking at multiple solutions. Alaska’s plan would start killing wolves from the air starting as soon as June 1.

From the STLToday.com Web site:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The state of Alaska sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday, seeking a court order allowing it to go ahead with a controversial predator control program.

At issue is the state’s plan to kill wolves to preserve a caribou herd inside the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge on Unimak Island, beginning as early as Tuesday.

Last week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced it would begin shooting some wolves on Unimak, the eastern-most island in the Aleutian chain, to protect caribou calving grounds as part of its aerial predator control program.

While the program is in place in at least six locations around Alaska, it would be the first time in recent history that aerial predator control would be used inside a national refuge in Alaska….

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