Alaska's supreme court has temporally halted the state's involvement in the wolf control program. Earlier this month the state said it would offer an incentive of 150 dollars per wolf killed.
Predator control program officials say not enough wolves in rural parts of Alaska have been killed so far this year and the incentive was designed to help them get back on track.
The court has placed a temporary restraining order against the program. The animal protection groups that fight the payouts say the incentive is nothing more than a bounty, something lawmakers made illegal back in 1984. This ruling will not stop the predator control program as a whole, just the state-funded incentives.
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