ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Board of Game unanimously voted Wednesday to extend hunting and trapping seasons for wolves on Unimak Island in an effort to protect the caribou herd. The board also expanded the predator control area on Unimak Island.
Alaska Board of Game member Ted Spraker says it's not a very effective tool, but it's the only one in the box right now.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will not let the Alaska Department of Fish and Game do any predator control on Unimak Island. ADF&G planned to use a helicopter to selectively shoot seven wolves preying in caribou calves, but the calving grounds lie on a National Wildlife Refuge.
At the Board of Game hearing, Larry Bell, Assistant Regional Director of External Affairs for USFWS, spoke with board members and the state about the decision.