The state’s game board has approved new predator control tactics aimed at reducing bear populations in some parts of Southwest and Southcentral Alaska. The new methods include ground snares and the use of helicopters for access in areas north and west of Cook Inlet. The expanded predator control program authorizes state employees to use poison gas to kill orphaned wolf pups in dens. The board rejected a bid by the state Department of Fish and Game to allow private hunters to shoot wolves from helicopters.
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage