Wildlife Watchers

Priscilla Feral / Friends of Animals / November 13, 2003

Dear Editor:

Paula Dobbyn's Nov. 11th article (Anchorage Daily News) on wildlife watching is interesting, yet The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (issued June 2002), shows 292,000 nonresidential wildlife-watching participants to Alaska, as opposed to 185,500 reported by Michelle Sydeman.

The Survey also shows that 221,000 (not 170,000) state residents are wildife-watchers. In comparison, hunters number 93,000 residents, yet they maintain a stranglehold on wildlife policy -- such as the Department of Fish & Game's decision to issue permits to shotgun wolves from the air to appease moose hunters.

Friends of Animals knows that wildife-watchers, who respect free-living animals, oppose Gov. Murkowski's wolf slaughter policies. If an aerial wolf-killing program goes forward, expect visitors to make tracks elsewhere if Friends of Animals calls a tourism boycott of Alaska.


Priscilla Feral

Friends of Animals
777 Post Road
Darien, Connecticut 06820

phone: 203-656-1522
fax: 203-656-0267
e-mail: feral@friendsofanimals.org

Web site: http://www.friendsofanimals.org


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