Environmental agencies have criticized the state’s approach to predators, saying that it compromises healthy populations of wildlife through predator control. Last year, the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility requested that the U.S. Department of Interior end the use of federal funds for predator control in Alaska. The Department of Interior said the raised concerns did not constitute a misuse of these funds.
Subsistence hunting this season remains closed on caribou for the third year in a row. Caribou is a traditional food resource for many in the region.