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Group Seeks Injunction to Aerial Wolf Kill

The Associated Press / March 19, 2009

FAIRBANKS - An animal rights group is seeking a court injunction to halt the use of helicopters to shoot wolves in the game region near Tok.

The state began shooting wolves from a helicopter in the Fortymile region last weekend. It's designed to supplement efforts by private pilot-gunner teams to the state predator control program intended to boost the number of moose and caribou. The state says 59 wolves had been killed as of Wednesday.

Defenders of Wildlife filed an injunction request in Anchorage Superior Court. The group claims the Board of Game didn't pass the new regulations in an emergency meeting, but rather during its regular meeting this month. The group says that means the new rules do not go into effect until July 1.

Fish and Game says the program will continue until the court decides.

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