Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 1:17 PM on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Aerial wolf hunt premature




The Board of Game and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have implemented positive changes to the area 15 moose harvest regulations this year. Spike/fork and three brow tine moose were removed from the harvestable population. With this change comes reduced hunter pressure on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Time is needed to realize the effects of these changeson themoose population.

An aerial wolf kill operation is premature in both units 15A and 15C. For 15A, I recommend Fish and Game coordinate with Division of Forestry to implement control burns to increase moose habitat. A local Fish and Game biologist and department policy first encourage habitat restoration.

For unit 15C, an aerial wolf kill is against department policy because there has been no recent wolf population survey. Please recognize, the wolf photo printed last week in another newspaper was taken at a human moose kill. The wolves were scavenging, not predating.

Scott Simmons

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