Juneau, Alaska - The state of Alaska has put up a new $150 bounty to kill wolves in a controversial program designed to improve moose and caribou numbers, Governor Sarah Palin's office announced Tuesday.
The state of Alaska has put up a new $150 bounty to kill wolves in a controversial program designed to improve moose and caribou numbers.
The state says the bounty is being offered to the 180 pilots and aerial gunners in the wolf-kill program. They can also get between $200 and $300 for the wolf pelt.
State biologists say the 607 wolves killed since the program began four years ago is not enough and the number of wolf kills this winter is behind schedule.
Nearly 100 wolves have been killed this season.
Alaska ended its wolf bounty program in 1972 mainly because wolf pelts had become so valuable there was no need to encourage kills.
The state estimates there are 7,000 to 11,000 wolves left in Alaska.