Aerial wolf reduction on U.S.F.W.S. lands.
Alaska's Department of Fish & Game proposed to conduct wolf reduction on Unimak Island a year ago to save the 2010 caribou calf crop. The federal land managers said "no" to the Board of Game proposal to reduce wolf numbers on Unimak Island and threatened to arrest any ADF&G employees for trespass if the state attempted any aerial wolf reduction. The State challenged the USFWS (Service) authority to stop the management action, until the Service could conduct an Environment Assessment (EA), in US District court and lost. So now the public can weigh in on which alternative the Service should take to save the Unimak Island caribou herd (UCH).
Subsistence and general hunts for caribou on Unimak Island have been closed since 2009 yet the herd continues to decline.
Alternative B- aerial wolf reduction by helicopters during calving season seems the most likely remedy to save the herd from continued decline.
It would be worthwhile to mention that in no way does your support for Alternative B, in the Unimak Island caribou herd EA, legitimize the federal encroachment on State game management. Hopefully the State will continue to pursue federal overreach of wildlife management on federal lands in the U.S. District court.
The Management alternatives for the Unimak Island caribou herd are available online at:
Public comments must be received by January 31, 2011.
You can submit comments by:
U.S. Mail: GAP Solutions, Inc.
Unimak Caribou Herd Environmental Assessment
P. O. Box 2026
Pocatello, ID 83206-2026
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