Board of Game Approves Kenai Peninsula Aerial Wolf Hunting

The Board of Game has approved aerial wolf hunting on the Kenai Peninsula for the first time. The Board unanimously passed two proposals Monday to implement the predator control plan in game management units 15a and 15c, on the Northern and Southern Peninsula.

Both plans call for reducing wolf populations to increase moose hunting opportunities.

Board member Ted Spraker said during discussion that the board couldn’t let the moose populations decline any further.

Spraker said this year’s intense winter snowfall is likely to increase both calf and adult moose mortality on the Kenai.

But critics of the plan are adamant that predator control is not the way to boost moose populations.

The Board of Game continues deliberations on game management issues, including the controversial bear snaring proposal, through Wednesday.

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