The Humane Society of the United States is calling for an immediate stop to the killing of wolves as part of Alaska's predator control program. The call comes after the state -- in an effort to boost the program -- began offering 150 dollars for turning in the legs of each freshly killed wolf.
Previously, the only reward the pilots and gunner teams received was from selling the wolf pelt, usually for somewhere between 200 and 300 dollars.
Alaska's predator control program is now in its fourth year and operating in five areas of the state. It is designed to increase moose and caribou numbers by reducing the number of predators.