When I lived in Alaska, I spent several years working with, but not a member of the Wolf Management Planning Team, who were responding to demands from hunters and hunting guides to allow Alaska state aerial hunting of wolves in a mistaken attempt to increase caribou and moose numbers.
The meetings I attended were frightening gatherings of yokel rabid hunting advocates, playacting their “rugged individualist,” conquer-the-wilderness roles, replete with wolf head hats, aggressive demeanors and the usual lack of science based information on real life predator/prey relationships.
That died down, finally, and has revived periodically since I left Alaska, but I had the impression that some degree of scientific reality had come to the fore in our state and federal fish and wildlife agencies.
Turns out I was wrong:
Idaho Fish and Game used helicopter landings to collar wolves inside the Frank Church Wilderness