Despite the fact that citizens have voted to ban the practice twice in the last seven years, Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski has approved a plan reinstating the aerial gunning of wolves. The governor and the Alaska Board of Game (ABG) claim that the plan, which would allow citizens to shoot wolves from airplanes, is necessary in order to boost "game" animal populations such as moose and caribou. Hunters would like to increase moose and caribou populations to increase their hunting opportunities. Under this plan, hunters in planes will search for wolves, chase them to the point of exhaustion, and then either shoot the wolves from the air or land as they flounder in the snow. Wolves bring an important balance to ecosystems and, like other native predators, almost never cause an unsustainable decline in prey populations regionally. Furthermore, the presence of wolves can help generate revenue for local economies from tourism, as it has in the Yellowstone area.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Contact Alaska governor Frank Murkowski, and ask him to stop the aerial shooting of wolves. Let him know that you and your family prefer to spend tourist dollars in states that do not wantonly massacre wildlife.
Governor Frank Murkowski
P.O. Box 110001
Juneau, AK 99811
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