State considers more aerial predator control

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006

FAIRBANKS - The state would like to expand its aerial wolf control program to protect the Interior's largest caribou herd from predators.

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The Fortymile caribou herd, at 43,000 animals, has stopped growing after numbers nearly doubled in the past eight years. The Fortymile herd has been the focus of a recovery plan for the past 10 years.

"We're relatively confident that the increase in mortality is due to predation," said information officer Cathie Harms with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks.

The state would like to expand the aerial wolf-control program, now approved in five areas of Alaska, to cover the Fortymile herd's entire range, Harms said.

The Alaska Board of Game Board will consider the proposal at a special meeting in May.

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