Alaska aerial hunters killed 124 wolves this winter

State wildlife officials believe they have saved more than 1,400 moose or nearly 3,000 caribou — or some combination thereof — with a winter program to kill wolves from aircraft, although the wolf kill remains far below what the state wanted.

Pilot-gunner teams have taken 124 wolves to date, according to Bruce Bartley, spokesman for the Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation. The goal was 455 to 670 wolves.

Still, the kill, which is ongoing, is more than the 97 wolves gunners took last year.

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