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Biologists: State of Alaska predator control not based on science

Alaska is a big, big place. At nearly 670,000 square miles -- you could fit Texas, California, and Montana into its borders -- there is barely one person per square mile. Yet state officials have identified more than 90 percent of Alaska as needing to be intensively managed for predator reductions so residents will be able to find game to kill for their pots.

Under that approach to ecosystem management, the state's focus on hunting has been in recent years to wipe out predators so ungulate populations will flourish and give residents, and even non-resident hunters, something to aim for.

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