A combination of weather factors limited the number of wolves killed as part of Alaska’s aerial control program this winter. As of January 9, only 51 wolves had been killing according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
During last year’s aerial wolf hunt, hunters in Alaska killed 144 wolves.
Bruce Bartely, information officer for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game told the Fairbanks Daily News Miner,
It’s probably down from what we’d like to see but given the circumstances it’s probably the best we could hope for.
The state plans to mail out additional permits at the end of January for pilots and hunters in an effort to reduce by about 500 the number of wolves in five regions.
Aerial hunters foiled in pursuit of wolves. Tim Mowry, Fairbanks Daily Miner, January 8, 2005.