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Experience Needed for Aerial Wolf Killing


Eight pilot-gunner teams have applied to the Alaska state government to kill wolves


north.cbc.ca / January


Whitehorse (Canada) - Eight pilot-gunner teams have applied to the Alaska state government to kill wolves.

The latest state-sanctioned control program targets wolves in the 40 Mile area near the Taylor Highway.

Alaska began taking applications for the program Jan. 1.

Aerial hunting hasn't been allowed in the state since the early 1970s.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game supervisor David James says qualified applicants will have to have previous predator control experience.

"There are field exercises not involving animals that could be used to evaluate particular gunners," he says.

"And also the other skill that is arguably more important is the ability to track animals from the air in snow and you can learn that and become very proficient at it without harming animals and of course without going after them in a lethal way."

James says the Alaska Government is planning to kill 110 wolves in the area leaving about 50 alive.

He's hoping the aerial hunting plan will boost moose populations in the 40 Mile area.

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