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State of Alaska Biologists Defend Wolf Killings

UPI / November 12, 2008


ANCHORAGE, Alaska, (UPI) -- Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists say killing scores of wolves this year has helped protect the state's endangered caribou population.

The biologists said that since the planned wolf killings took place, there has been a dramatic upswing in the number of young caribou living on the Alaskan Peninsula, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News said Tuesday.

Southern Alaska Peninsula caribou herd surveys in October found an average of 39 caribou calves per 100 cows. That average is a drastic increase from the one calf per 100 cow average the area had in the falls of 2006 and 2007.

While the killing of 28 area wolves was initially criticized by wildlife advocates, some of those critics are now acknowledging the benefits of the state-sponsored killings.

"I think that certainly is good news," Alaska Wildlife Alliance member John Toppenberg told the Daily News. "I am supportive of that goal. How they arrived at that I might have an issue with."

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