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Alaska Supreme Court upholds state’s predator program

[large thumbnail url=”alaska-supreme-court-upholds-states-predator-program” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”10″] [thumbnail icon url=”alaska-supreme-court-upholds-states-predator-program” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”10″] The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld the state’s predator control programs, ruling they mesh with the state constitution’s mandate to manage wildlife for sustained yield.

Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance sued the state four years ago. They said the control of wolves and bears violates the constitution.

The court ruled on Friday that the state game board has both a constitutional and statutory duty to apply the principals of sustained yield to both predators and prey. But Justice Morgan Christen, writing on behalf of the court, said the constitution permits the state to give preference to moose and caribou over wolves and bears.

Crucial to the decision was a clause in the constitution stipulating that “wildlife … shall be utilized, developed and maintained on the sustained yield principle, subject to preferences among beneficial uses.”

Read the entire article on adn.com: Alaska Supreme Court upholds predator program

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