Federal wildlife officials are implementing a rule prohibiting predator control on national wildlife refuges in Alaska, more than 73 million acres of land, with some exceptions.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are implementing a rule prohibiting predator control on national wildlife refuges in Alaska, more than 73 million acres of land, with some exceptions.
KTUU-TV reports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may still allow predator control — the hunting of predators, such as wolves, to boost moose and caribou populations — if the agency determines the effort is in response to conservation concerns.
The rule was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday and will take 30 days to go into effect.
Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Andrea Medeiros says the rule is a response to increased predator control by the Alaska Board of Game.
State wildlife official Bruce Dale, who has criticized the rule, maintains that fewer predators are being taken in Alaska than in years past.
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