- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2006

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has denied a request by an animal-rights group to end a population-control program that allows shooting wolves from the air.

The high court last week turned away the case filed by Friends of Animals. The court did not provide an explanation for its decision.

The ruling came less than two weeks after a lower court said the wolf program could continue after changes made by the state.

The Darien, Conn.-based animal-rights group planned to resume calling for tourists to boycott the state in light of the decision.

The wolf program, intended to boost moose and caribou populations, started in 2003 in an area where residents had long complained that predators were killing too many moose, leaving too few to feed people.

Gov. Frank H. Murkowski, a Republican, praised the court decision.

“Alaskans who rely upon moose and caribou to feed their families have scored yet another victory in court against outside interest groups,” he said.

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