By Gary Bogue
Thursday, February 1st, 2007 at 8:52 am in Wolves.
The state of Alaska just doesn’t get it. Blasting wolves from airplanes isn’t a management program. It’s a greedy slaughter.
See the news story below by Associated Press writer Mary Pemberton from today’s AP wires:
“ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A judge denied a request Wednesday to put an immediate stop to an Alaska program that allows wolves to be shot from the air.
“The request was made as part of a lawsuit filed by Defenders of Wildlife, The Alaska Wildlife Alliance and the Alaska chapter of the Sierra Club to stop the program operating in five areas of the state.
“‘We are disappointed that Alaska’s ill-advised aerial gunning program will continue before a complete examination of all the facts can take place,’ Karla Dutton, director of the Alaska office of Defenders of Wildlife, a national group with more than 800,000 members, said in a statement.
“The program, which has been the target of lawsuits since it began in 2003, is intended to boost moose and caribou numbers where residents have complained that predators are killing too many, leaving them too few to hunt for food.
“Under the program, now in its fourth year, 580 wolves have been killed. The goal is to reduce wolf populations in each of the specified areas by as much as 80 percent annually. … “
As I suggested on Jan. 12 when I was discussing why the Gov. of Idaho wants to kill wolves in his state … the wolves are competing with Idaho’s multimillion-dollar hunting industry.
Alaska’s ulterior motives appear to be the same. They don’t want natural predators competing with paying hunters who travel to Alaska and feed dollars into the state’s hunting industry coffers.
The wolves don’t buy hunting licenses and contribute to the state’s economy. Human hunters do.