STOP LAND AND SHOOT IN ALASKA
public opinion, Governor Frank Murkowski has signed a bill allowing
wolves to be hunted and killed from airplanes.
people of Alaska have twice voted to revoke this “land-and-shoot” wolf
killing in the last seven years, but certain state officials want
wolves killed in order to boost moose and caribou herds for hunters. During
a “land and shoot” slaughter, hunters in planes or helicopters
circle and harass a pack of wolves, and chase them until they exhaust
themselves. A hunter then shoots the wolves from the aircraft,
or lands on the ice and shoots the terrified wolves as they try
to escape in deep snow.
to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s “Harvest Summary,” nearly
7,500 wolves were killed through hunting and trapping in the last
five years, but according to the Summary, "Most of these harvest
totals do not include unreported harvests which may equal or exceed
the reported harvest...."
YOU CAN DO
letters to the editors of Alaska’s largest newspapers explaining
the connection between hunting and Game Agency’s budgets, and about
the cruelty of hunting. This information can be found on
CASH’s website at www.all-creatures.org/cash
may not exceed 225 words, and, as a general rule, shorter letters
are better letters
must include the writer's address and a day phone number (for verification,
not publication). Newspapers will not print unsigned letters, open
letters to third parties or letters submitted to other publications.
Daily News – www.adn.com/help/v-letters/
Daily News-Miner www.news.miner.com/stories/0,1413,113%257E7321%257E,00.html
Empire – firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily News - 501 Dock St., Ketchikan, Alaska 99901.
Nome Nugget – email@example.com
wolves are an essential predator and help to maintain healthy prey
populations and biodiversity throughout their home range.
Watching, rather than hunting, plays a significant role in the
state’s tourism economy, as people come from all over the world
to see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.
is a violent practice that is linked to violence toward humans.
you to the Alaska Wildlife Alliance for their efforts in this area.
for this alert was provided by
Defenders of Wildlife. For more information about Alaska's wildlife,
please contact Alaska Wildlife Alliance, P.O. Box 202022, Anchorage, AK;
99520 http://www.akwildlife.org/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildlife Watch Inc.
Helping People, Environment, and Wildlife
PO Box 562, New Paltz, NY 12561
Voice:(845) 256-1400; Fax:(845) 622-7999
Contact: Joe Miele, Vice President 201-368-8271
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