State waits for judge's decision on wolves

Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The state is holding off on plans to kill wolves on the caribou calving grounds inside a national refuge on Unimak Island until it hears from a federal judge.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game had said the Unimak mission could begin as early as Tuesday. But Department of Law spokesman Bill McAllister says the hope now is to resolve the issue in court.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to conduct aerial predator control on Unimak to remove wolves preying on caribou calves and help the herd make a comeback.

But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants more time to assess the situation, and has threatened to consider state employees trespassers on the refuge if the state goes forward with its plan. The state is seeking a temporary restraining order.

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