Three groups are asking the court to immediately stop the state's aerial wolf control program. Defenders of Wildlife, The Alaska Wildlife Alliance and the Sierra Club want a Superior Court judge to stop the state from issuing permits. Under the program, private individuals can apply to shoot the wolves from aircraft. In some areas, pilots are required to land first, before shooting.
The program is now authorized in five areas of the state. It is designed to boost moose and caribou numbers. The request for a preliminary injunction was filed with the court on Friday. The program was begun in 2003, and allows wolves to be shot from the air. Last year, 150 wolves were killed under the program.