Stop the Aerial Slaughter of Alaska's Wolves
Singer-Ferris / Kerwood Wolf Education Centre Inc. / November 19, 2003
Dear Governor Murkowski,
Your recent reinstatement of aerial wolf hunting in Alaska is shocking, given the already horrific situation of wolves in your state. Between 1996 and 2002 alone, more than 7,000 wolves were killed, possibly even twice that number according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's harvest summary. Excessive hunting and trapping in your state have resulted in the deaths of nearly 7,500 wolves in just the past five years. With wolf killing already rampant in Alaska, with Endangered Species Act protections being lessened or obliterated throughout the lower 48 states, and with wolves being highly endangered throughout much of the world, it is unconscionable that Alaska, home to the largest remaining population of Gray Wolves in the United States, would condone and even encourage such activity.
Land and shoot, or just shoot, are transparent laws, an obvious move to mollify disgruntled hunting interests which claim wolves are reducing "their" moose and caribou herds. Never mind the facts, that larger prey species elude wolves up to 97 per cent of the time. Never mind that wolves actually help control the delicate balance of nature via the “sanitation effect,” removing the sick, weak, inferior and old members of their prey species, thus strengthening those gene pools. Even if the hunters, trappers and others who make their living from the deaths of innocent creatures are correct in stating that wolves have reduced ungulate herds to dangerously low levels, nature will right itself, as it has before, time and time again, without the intervention of man.
Wolves, predators with a purpose, put human hunters, predators without just cause, to shame. Moose and caribou, an intricate part of the food chain and nature's natural order, at least die with dignity via the fangs of the wolf. Wolves, nature's most maligned and misunderstood animals, do not die with the same dignity and respect via the airplanes and guns of blood-thirsty sporting “enthusiasts.” This new, heightened slaughter of wolves via aerial methods is a sickening return to the senseless, barbaric practices begun in Alaska prior to statehood and continued thereafter, this time, with your blessing.
we are asking you to do the right thing - to stop the slaughter.
Wolf Song of Alaska, P.O. Box 671670, Chugiak, Alaska 99567-1670