Unnamed Resolution Commending the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Alaska Game Commission for Protecting Wolverines

WHEREAS the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Game Commission have aided in the protection of the wolverine in Alaska by classifying it as a fur-bearing animal and thus circumvented the Territorial bounty; and

WHEREAS the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to expend great sums of public money in Alaska for the airplane hunting and poisoning of wolves, without having conducted a thorough and comprehensive study on the effects and importance of predation by wolves on the caribou and moose;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the American Society of Mammalogists commends these organizations for their courageous stand in affording all the protection within their power for the wolverine in Alaska, and be it further resolved that the Society recommends that a comprehensive research program on the inter-relationships of wolves, caribou and moose in Alaska be initiated and that serious consideration be given to the proposal that the public funds now allocated for wolf control in Alaska be used for such research.