While 58 wolves have already been killed since Saturday, there’s hope that Alaska’s Department of Fish & Game will not reach their enormous quota. Defenders of Wildlife has taken legal action that could stop the hunt immediately.
“The Board of Game did not authorize the use of helicopters by state agency personnel as part of the Upper Yukon/Tanana wolf killing program,” said Wade Willis, Alaska Representative for Defenders of Wildlife. “What they are doing in that region right now is illegal.”
The Board of Game did approve aerial hunting at their last meeting on March 9th, but Defenders of Wildlife says those regulations had not come into effect when the aerial hunt began in on March 14th. The group filed a request to immediately stop the hunt in a District Court in Anchorage
More information can be found at Defenders of Wildlife’s website.Photo Credit: dobak on Flickr under Creative Commons license.