Right now, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is gunning for wolves. She wants to see hundreds of wolves killed in the next five weeks, and she’s pushing extreme measures to make it happen.
Already, more than 1,700 wildlife supporters from across the country have donated to support Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund’s emergency Campaign to Stop the Alaska Wolf Massacre. Now we need to make our voices heard!
Last week, Palin’s administration announced plans to pay a $150 “incentive” (a.k.a. bounty) for each wolf killed in specified management areas – provided that shooters turn in the dismembered leg of each wolf they kill.
If this doesn’t produce the results they want, she’ll allow state officials to use helicopters to track down and kill wolves. Given the speed and efficiency of helicopters this action could very well boost the numbers of wolves killed.
- “Science should guide the state’s budget decisions on wildlife management. The reason fewer wolves are being killed could be because the state has overestimated the populations in the control areas. The state lacks sufficient information on how many wolves exist in the targeted areas or how many could be killed without harming Alaska ecosystems.”
- “Listen to the people. Alaska voters have twice voted to restrict aerial gunning of wolves. Even more expensive and extreme measures to kill wolves are unlikely to be any more popular.”
Please remember to be courteous and stick to the facts. Overly emotional comments may be rejected out-of-hand.
After you’ve made your call to Palin’s office, please let us know how it went. Your feedback will help us improve the effectiveness of our efforts to protect wolves in Alaska and promote sound wildlife management.
With thanks for all you do,
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund