Anchorage, Alaska - The Alaska Supreme Court has denied a request by an animal-rights group to
end a population-control program that allows shooting wolves from the air.
The high court on Friday turned away the case filed by Friends of Animals
and refused to review a previous ruling in the matter. The court did not
provide an explanation for its decision.
The ruling came less than two weeks after a lower court said the wolf
program could continue following changes made by the state.
The Darien, Conn.-based animal-rights group planned to resume calling for
tourists to boycott the state in light of the decision.
"As much as we are floored to get the news, we are determined to go ahead
and keep working," group President Priscilla Feral said.
The wolf program, intended to boost moose and caribou populations, started
in 2003 in an area where residents had long complained predators were
killing too many moose, leaving too few for food.
Gov. Frank Murkowski praised the Supreme Court decision.
"Alaskans, who rely upon moose and caribou to feed their families, have
scored yet another victory in court against outside interest groups,"
Murkowski said in a statement.
Alaska is home to the largest remaining population of gray wolves in the
country. Biologists estimate about 7,000 to 11,000 wolves roam the state.