FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A lack of snow is hampering the state's wolf control program, now operating in five areas of Alaska.
There is about a month left before the program ends for the year.
As of Thursday, pilot-gunner teams reported killing 79 wolves so far this winter.
That's far below an objective of between 455 to 670 wolves set by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The number includes wolves taken by private trappers and hunters.
Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms says this time of year can be the best for tracking wolves, but only if there is enough fresh snow.
So far, that hasn't happened.
The total harvest since the aerial program was launched in 2003 stands at 746 wolves, an average of 150 a year.
Information from: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com