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Wolverine Trapping Banned in Alaska's Chugach State Park

The Associated Press / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / March 4, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Wolverine trapping will no longer be allowed in Chugach State Park.

The state Board of Game made that unanimous decision after the first trapping season of the program saw two dogs caught. That was the same number of wolverines caught.

The board opened the park to wolverine trapping in 2007 despite objections from Department of Fish and Game biologists who said it could deplete wolverine numbers in the region.

Soldotna board member Ted Spraker voted Tuesday for the ban, but he's still not convinced the wolverine population was at risk. He says the decision arose out of "a lot of sentiment."

Wolverine traps killed a pit bull-Lab mix early last year and a Labrador retriever was injured three days later, fueling criticism of the program.

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