The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is currently reviewing its protocols after a state employee killed a wounded wolf on state lands inside the boundaries of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

According to a release Tuesday from the department, the incident took place on March 9 when Department staff shot the wolf just south of the preserve from a helicopter. The wolf then crossed into the preserve boundary and was killed with a second shot.

Wolf removal was put into place as part of Alaska’s predator control policies, which allows the hunting of predators in order to help increase large game animal populations such as Fortymile caribou.

This incident is the first in which a wolf targeted by the state’s predator control program was put to death inside preserve lands.

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