Aerial Wolf Hunting Grounded Temporarily
Deci / KTVA / Channel 11 / November 26, 2003
A plan that would open up land around McGrath to aerial wolf hunting
has hit a snag. The plan was approved by the Alaska Board of Game at the
beginning of the month, but put on hold by a Superior Court Judge in Anchorage
The name plaintiff in this legal challenge is from out of state; an animal rights
group called Friends of Animals based in Connecticut. They also had seven Alaskan
plaintiffs standing with them in while they pursued this temporary restraining
order. A lot of the campaigning against the aerial wolf kill has gone on nationwide.
Environmentalist groups have circulated a petition to all fifty states denouncing
wolf hunting by plane.
Meanwhile, hunters in Alaska are saying they need to thin wolf packs. They say
that they are competing with the wolves for moose meat, and there's just not
enough to go around.
The Alaska Board of Game had already issued permits to three pilot-hunter teams
for aerial wolf hunting. But now, they've been grounded, thanks to a temporary
restraining order issued by Judge Sharon Gleason. In her decision, Gleason said
that the plan to kill 40 to 45 wolves would have a serious and long-term impact
on the wolf population. And she said that is, in fact, what the Board of game
Today Gleason issued a temporary restraining order. The issue will be revisited
early next week. Friends of Animals and the Board of Game will have a chance
to argue their points-of-view in front of Gleason. She can either throw the complaint
out, or she can then issue a permanent injunction against the aerial wolf kill.
If Friends of Animals can't defeat the plan in court, they are vowing to go for
the pocket-book. The organization's president Priscilla Feral has threatened
to sponsor a tourism boycott of Alaska if aerial wolf hunting is allowed to go
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