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12 wolves shot near Alaska village

State wildlife biologists have gunned down 12 wolves outside an Alaskan village where pets were snatched and people were concerned about the safety of residents.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said the wolves were killed within six miles of Port Heiden, a community of more than 100 on the Alaska Peninsula about 484 miles south-west of Anchorage.

Three young wolves were killed close to the village and nine more were killed five miles to the north. Biologists say the wolves belonged to separate packs.

Wolves had killed five dogs and two cats, mostly at night, but sightings during the day prompted many of the residents to arm themselves.

The state this week announced a plan to shoot wolves from various aircraft.

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