Hunting season for wolves extended

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game wishes to inform hunters that the hunting season for wolves has been extended until May 31 in Unit 1(A), Unit 1(B) (the portion south of Bradfield Canal and the east fork of the Bradfield River) and Unit 3.

Due to concerns over low deer numbers in the affected areas, the Alaska Board of Game adopted a proposal in fall 2010 to extend the wolf hunting season in Unit 1(A), Unit 1(B) (the portion south of Bradfield Canal and the east fork of the Bradfield River) and Unit 3 by one-month. As a result, the wolf hunting season will remain open in the aforementioned areas until May 31. The extended wolf hunting season is intended to aid recovery of deer populations depressed by a combination of a series of consecutive hard winters and predation by wolves.

The one-month extension of the wolf hunting season in the affected areas will afford hunters the opportunity to harvest wolves they encounter while spring bear hunting.

In addition to a valid Alaska hunting license, nonresident hunters must obtain a $30 metal locking tag prior to harvesting a wolf. Resident hunters need possess only a valid Alaska hunting license. The bag limit for resident and nonresident hunters is five wolves.

For additional information contact the ADF&G Petersburg Area Office at 772-5228.

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