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ALASKA TOURISM INDUSTRY WAS NOT INVOLVED IN WOLF MANAGEMENT DECISION

 ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 20 ~PRNewswire~ -- The Alaska Tourism Marketing Council (ATMC), while keenly aware of the impact that wildlife decisions have on tourism, had no role in the recent wolf management plan adopted by the Alaska Board of Game ruling to boost caribou and moose herds by killing wolves.
 Some press reports said actions to reduce the state's wolf population could create a tourist attraction and listed that as one reason for the Board of Game's decision. But Cathie Harms, spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, confirmed that the visitor industry had no involvement or say in the board's decisions regarding wolf management.
 "We were never asked," said Tina Lindgren, executive director of the Alaska Tourism Marketing Council. "As such, the tourism industry did not participate in the decision to reduce wolf populations. I think the effort to manage wildlife shouldn't be associated with the effort to attract visitors."
 Lindgren said the tourism industry already offers the best wildlife watching anywhere and cited the Alaska Board of Game's action to protect wolf packs by closing large areas of state land, including Denali National Park & Preserve, to hunting or trapping of wolves.
 "Our role is to promote watchable wildlife," Lindgren said, "we're not in the business of managing wildlife."
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 ~EDITOR'S NOTE: Any questions regarding the wolf management plan should be directed to: Cathie Harms, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, 1300 College Road, Fairbanks, AK 99701; 907-465-5156. Any questions regarding Alaska tourism should be directed to Tina Lindgren, 3601 C St., Ste. 700, Anchorage, AK 99503, or call 907-563-2289. For weekend inquiries, contact Roberta Graham, 907-345-5165.~
 ~CONTACT: Tina Lindgren of ATMC, 907-563-2289; or Roberta Graham of Bernholz & Graham, 907-345-5165, for ATMC~


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