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Wolf Trapping Program

Andrea Gusty / CBS 11 / KTVA / January 11, 2008

The recent wolf attacks near Eagle River and Eklutna still have some residents on the edge and local officials trying to stop another wolf encounter.

The wolf pack that roams near Elmendorf Air Force Base was getting bolder, and has been blamed for at least five attacks on dogs. There haven't been any reported attacks in the last two weeks, but Fish and Game officials are still asking residents to stay alert, and keep their dogs on leashes.
"The wolves were accelerating for a while, but when the one was shot north of Peter's Creek, I think that convinced them that people were dangerous. And I think they are going to leave us alone. You never know, they might slip back into the pattern, but it's a lot safer now than it was," said Rick Sinnott of the Department of Fish and Game.

Rick Sinnott of the Department of Fish and Game.

Rick Sinnott of the Department of Fish and Game.

Still, the leaders in Eklutna aren't taking any chances. They've opened their land to a single trapper in hopes of scaring the animals. But the limited trapping has some conditions.
"We've asked that the hide, the meat, the skin and the bones be donated to the village. We have artists and elders out there, so at least we will be doing some good with the wolf carcass, rather than it just being about taking a wolf out and getting rid of it," said Curtis McQueen of Eklutna Inc.

Curtis McQueen of Eklutna Inc.

Curtis McQueen of Eklutna Inc.

be donated to the village. We have artists and elders out there, so at least we will be doing some good with the wolf carcass, rather than it just being about taking a wolf out and getting rid of it," said Curtis McQueen of Eklutna Inc.

The Eklutna trapping program is being monitored on a daily basis. And even though the land is closed to the public, signs have been posted to make sure people and pets don't come across the traps by accident.
To contact Andrea, call 907-273-3186.

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