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November 12, 2008

Killing wolves from the air worked — for the caribou

As ugly and as politically incorrect as shooting wolves from helicopters might seem, the effort earlier this year saved caribou, especially young caribou, from being eaten alive, biologists say. Fall surveys of the Southern Alaska Peninsula caribou herd completed in October found an average of 39 calves per 100 cows. That's up from fall counts of only 1 calf per 100 cows in 2006 and 2007.

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