Alaska Prohibition of Wolf Snares, Measure 9 (1998)

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Denali wolf wearing a snare
Alaska Ballot Measure 9, also known as the Bill Prohibiting Trapping Wolves with Snares, was on the November 7, 1998 election ballot in Alaska. Measure 9 was a citizen-initiated ballot measure. It failed, with 37.3% of voters in favor.[1]
  • Yes: 83,224
  • No: 140,049

The goal of the initiative was to prohibit a person from using a snare with the intent of trapping a wolf. It would also prohibit a person from possessing, buying, selling or offering to sell the skin of a wolf known by the person to have been caught with a snare. Breaking the law would have been a Class A misdemeanor.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • Application was received in the Lieutenant Governor's Office on September 4, 1997.
  • A copy of the application and signatures were sent to the Department of Law and Division of Elections on September 4, 1997.
  • The Division of Elections determined that there were a sufficient number of sponsor signatures on September 30, 1997.
  • The application was certified on October 9, 1996.
  • Petition booklets were issued to the initiative committee on October 20, 1997.
  • The one year filing deadline was October 20, 1998.
  • Petition booklets were submitted to the Division of Elections on January 12, 1998.
  • Lieutenant Governor Ulmer certified the petition for this initiative as properly filed on April 2, 1998.
  • The Supreme Court of the State of Alaska ruled on August 17, 1998 that the initiative be placed on the 1998 general election ballot.
  • The initiative appeared on the 1998 general election ballot.[3]


  1. Alaska 1998 election results
  2. Alaska 1998 ballot measure voter guide for initiatives
  3. Initiative history