Friends of Animals Will Send Tourists Packing
if Aerial Wolf Hunt Occurs

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / November 14, 2003

Paula Dobbyn's article "State agency seeks fee to tap into the growing market for wildlife watching" (Nov. 11) is interesting, yet the U.S. Fish and 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 the 185,500 reported by Michelle Sydeman.

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

Friends of Animals knows that wildlife watchers who respect free-living animals oppose Gov. Frank 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 / President, Friends of Animals / Darien, Conn.


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