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Governor Hails Supreme Court Ruling on Predator Control Programs

August 6, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell welcomed the ruling today by the Alaska Supreme Court that the state's predator control programs have been carried out consistently with the Alaska Constitution's mandate to manage wildlife populations for "sustained yield."

The court rejected assertions by the group Defenders of Wildlife that the Board of Game's minimum population objectives for wolves and bears showed that the sustained yield principle was not applied in its predator control plans in 2006. The group failed to support this contention with any evidence, the court said.

"This is an important ruling," said Governor Sean Parnell. "The court's ruling upholds the state's predator control programs as consistent with both the constitution and the law, and confirms that the Board of Game carefully considers sustained yield of all populations in their decision-making."

Although the phrase "sustained yield" was not included in the 2006 regulation adopting the predator control plans, the Supreme Court ruled that the Board nevertheless followed the principle. The regulation included procedures for determining when predator populations were at risk of falling beneath management objectives, with a requirement for suspension of predator control activities when necessary to meet the objectives.

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