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(a) A person may not use an aircraft to land and shoot a wolf without first obtaining a permit from the department.
(b) A person may not use an aircraft to take a wolf by aerial shooting without first obtaining a permit from the department.
(c) A person may not use a helicopter for helicopter trapping of wolves without first obtaining a permit from the department.
(d) The department may apply any of the following conditions to a permit issued under this section:
(1) a permit for taking a wolf by land and shoot, aerial shooting, or helicopter trapping may only be issued consistent with 5 AAC 92.110 to establish a wolf population reduction or regulation program for purposes of aiding in the administration of wildlife management;
(2) a permit may only be issued to a licensed pilot legally authorized to pilot an aircraft and who possesses a valid resident trapping license; except that if a gunner is used in addition to the pilot, a separate permit will also be issued to the gunner, who must also possess a valid resident trapping license;
(3) a permit issued under this section is not transferable;
(4) before receiving a permit under this section, the applicant must acknowledge in writing that the applicant has read, understands, and will abide by, the conditions specified for the permit;
(5) a permit is valid from the date of issuance until the earlier of
(A) the ensuing April 30;
(B) a specified quota of wolves are taken in the area or subdivision of the area specified in the permit; or
(C) the wolf predation control program is closed by emergency order;
(6) the department may limit the
(A) number of permits issued during the same time period;
(B) number of permits issued in a specified subdivision within the permit area;
(C) type of aircraft, weapons, ammunition, and trapping equipment that may be used within the permit area;
(D) use of radio communications and cellular phones by permittees within the permit area;
(E) number of wolves authorized to be taken under a permit; and
(F) use of an aircraft to assist or aid a permittee on the ground in the location, tracking, pursuit, or taking of a wolf;
(7) the department may require an applicant for a permit to possess minimum qualifications, including
(A) previous experience flying aircraft in this state that includes low-level maneuvers and off-airport operation;
(B) knowledge of the geography of the relevant wolf predation control area;
(C) a demonstrated capability and commitment to respond to control program goals and department directives or orders in a timely manner;
(D) no conviction within the previous five years for a hunting or trapping violation, other than a non-criminal violation charged under 5 AAC 92.002; and
(E) that the applicant is at least 16 years old;
(8) a permittee must
(A) report the number and location, with GPS coordinates, of all wolves taken under the permit;
(B) make every practicable effort to salvage for sealing all hides of wolves taken under the permit;
(C) affix a metal locking tag that remains on the hide until sealed on all wolves taken under the permit;
(D) report the location of a wounded wolf to the department as soon as practicable;
(E) submit information requested by the department within the time limit set by the department;
(F) deliver specified biological specimens to the nearest department office within a time set by the department;
(G) return the permit to the department office where the permit was issued within five days after the expiration of the permit, unless otherwise specified by the department; and
(H) have the hides of wolves taken sealed by a department representative within 30 days after the permit expires;
(9) the department may require a permittee to
(A) accompany a department representative to the location where a wolf was taken by the permittee;
(B) check in and check out at a location specified by the department.
(e) A wolf taken under a permit becomes the property of the permittee only if the permittee has complied with all pertinent statutes, regulations, and the conditions of the permit.
(f) A permittee may use an aircraft to assist or aid a permittee on the ground in the dispatching of a wounded wolf, or the retrieval of a dead wolf.
(h) For the purposes of this section,
(1) "aerial shooting" means taking or attempting to take a wolf by discharging a firearm from an airborne aircraft;
(2) "helicopter trapping" means using a helicopter to establish and maintain a trapline using traps and snares;
(3) "land and shoot" means using an aircraft to locate a wolf, landing the aircraft, exiting the aircraft, and immediately shooting or attempting to shoot the wolf.
History: Eff. 7/5/85, Register 95; am 7/1/92, Register 122; am 5/5/93, Register 126; am 1/22/2004, Register 169; am 7/1/2004, Register 170
Authority: AS 16.05.255
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