Wolves Need Help

Letters to the Editor / Juneau Empire / April 29, 2003


Wolves are being targeted in spotting scopes of aerial land-and-shoot hunters and urgently need your help. The state Legislature is advocating a measure that would permit the Board of Game to authorize same-day, airborne, predator-control programs without the backing of the governor or ADF&G. This means ADF&G would not have the authority to stop a predator control program even if they believe it is biologically unsound. If HB 208/SB 155 pass, virtually all of the wolves on state lands in Alaska would be at risk, and hundreds of wolves would be needlessly killed.

On the 1996 and 2000 ballots, Alaskans strongly rejected aerial, same-day land-and-shoot wolf hunting by the public. The Legislature should respect the wishes of Alaskans and not overturn the public's vote. A recent poll shows 73 percent of Alaskans, including hunters, oppose aerial predator control as a means to increase ungulate populations for hunters. Predator control when prey populations are stable or increasing is not acceptable wildlife management policy. Call or send an e-mail demanding that your legislators reject these bills.

- Danielle Brown / Juneau

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