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Alaska's Wolf Control Program Facing New Challenge

KTVA-TV / CBS / Associated Press / August 29, 2009

Alaska's wolf-killing program to boost moose and caribou numbers is facing a new legal challenge. Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit in Superior Court alleging that the program is based on faulty science and violates state law. The program was begun in 2003. Since then, more than 550 wolves have been killed.

Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance are asking the court to halt the program. The state maintains that wolf control is a well-managed program to provide more game in areas where rural hunters say predators are killing too many moose and caribou calves, leaving them with too few to hunt and eat.

Critics call it a wolf eradication program, and say it is aimed at wiping out more than 80 percent of wolves in a large swath of Alaska to benefit mostly urban hunters.

A similar court challenge launched by the Connecticut-based group Friends of Animals was not successful in putting an end to the program.

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