ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 19 (UPI) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game killed a pack of wolves this week that was being studied by National Park Service biologists.
Two of the four wolves in the Webber Creek pack were wearing radio collars, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
The wolf kill was part of an effort to increase the size of the Fortymile caribou herd and the number of moose in the area. But Fish and Game had agreed to refrain from killing radio-collared wolves.
Greg Dudgeon, superintendent of the Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve, said he plans to ban all hunting and trapping in the preserve because the number of wolves was down even before the Fish and Game kill.
The state, in a statement Thursday, said the wolves wearing collars were killed by mistake, possibly because the collars were not functioning. Officials described the kill as successful, saying nine animals were killed in two days.
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