ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says it’s appalled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s decision to not allow any action to be taken to protect the caribou herd on Unimak Island.
The state wants to use a helicopter to selectively target wolves preying on caribou calves, but the problem is that the calving grounds lie on a National Wildlife Refuge.
“I have to say I think we were caught a little bit flat-footed that they took the no action alternative, I was a bit shocked,” said Corey Rossi, Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation Director.
Rossi says the department is carefully looking at all of its options, but says the department will not let the herd numbers go down any further.