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Wolf Hunters Must Stay in Bounds: No Cowboys

Our View / Opinion / Anchorage Daily News / November 12, 2004

Alaska State Troopers have charged a pilot-gunner team with shooting wolves well outside the boundaries of a state-sanctioned wolf-control program that aims to increase moose for hunters around McGrath by decreasing the number of wolves.

The two men, David Haeg and Tony Zellers, have pleaded not guilty. They are due their day in court.

But the story already is discouraging. Aerial wolf hunting is controversial enough without even the suspicion of teams far exceeding their state permits. Game biologists disagree on the effectiveness and need for the program, but this much they and all Alaskans can agree on: Alaska's wolf-control program is not a declaration of open season wherever airborne shooters care to open fire.

What's encouraging is the state's apparent determination to press charges and not turn a blind eye to suspected violations of permit terms and Alaska law.

And what's particularly satisfying in this case is the skookum work of wildlife enforcement trooper Brett Gibbens, a trapper who knows both the area's wolves and the work of aerial hunting. That kind of expertise and dedication is what the state needs to keep the wolf-control program under control. Critics of aerial wolf hunting have complained of the difficulty of enforcement, that Alaska's wide-open spaces are wide-open opportunities for abuse. Bush-wise officers make abuse harder to get away with.

Aerial wolf hunting is about fish and game management and providing more moose for hunters. It's about cutting competition at the top of the food chain. It is not about fair chase. But that doesn't mean it's management without rules. Those entrusted with this job must be law-abiding Alaskans who know what they're doing and why -- and know when to stop.

Violators should pay a stiff price.

BOTTOM LINE: Aerial wolf hunters must hunt within the rules, or face some real consequences.

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