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.
Friends of Animals
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Darien, Connecticut 06820
Web site: http://www.friendsofanimals.org