MEASURE 2: Initiative would ban most aerial hunts of bears, wolves.

By MARY PEMBERTON, The Associated Press

Alaskans were saying no Tuesday to a ballot initiative designed to end the state’s predator control program as now conducted.

With almost 60 percent of the vote tallied, the measure was losing with more than 56 percent of voters saying no.

Ballot Measure 2 would have prohibited the shooting of wolves and bears either from the air or once a plane has landed, unless the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game finds that a “biological emergency” exists and has adequate scientific proof.

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