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Alaska Kills 276 Wolves During Second Season of Wolf-Shooting

June 07, 2005 | Wolves

On April 30, 2005, the state of Alaska concluded its second aerial wolf-shooting program, killing 276 wolves between November 2004 and April, 2005. Since the program began in November, 2003, hunters have killed a total of 420 wolves.

Friends of Animals and our organizers across the country and around the world have held 231 Howl-In protest during the two seasons of wolf control. People have joined Friends of Animals and our organizers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Spain, and South Africa to protest Alaska's disgraceful conduct.

Participants and supporters have signed postcards pledging to boycott Alaska's $2 billion-a-year tourism industry until the state calls off the aerial wolf-shooting scheme. To date, Friends of Animals has distributed more than 470,000 of these postcards.

To spread the word, Friends of Animals advertisements have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Mother Jones Magazine, The Nation, USA Today, the New Jersey Star Ledger, and other publications. We also have a compelling, 60-second TV spot that can be viewed on our website.

Persistence will be the key to ending aerial predator control programs. We continue to challenge the legality of Alaska's wolf-killing program in the Superior Court in Anchorage. Please write Gov. Murkowski and tell him you'll boycott travel to Alaska until his wolf control campaign ends.

Address:
Gov. Frank Murkowski
P.O. Box 11001
Juneau, AK 99811

E-mail:
governor@gov.state.ak.us

Phone:
907-465-3500
Fax:
907-465-3532

Kindly support a tourism boycott of Alaska to put economic pressure on the people responsible for establishing the killing policy: the Murkowski administration. Your financial contributions to FoA strengthen our efforts to empower Alaska's wolves.

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Blog editors' note: And now this outburst from Mike, one of the less astute detractors, who illustrates that not all life on earth is particularly intelligent. i think that the wolves deserve to die i mean there just dumb animals

please stop killing wolves I love wolves. My room is full of wolf stuff.In other words I love wolves

A month or 2 back I went to a duck hunting thing. I saw a tent with pelts in it. Then I asked what one of them was and the freaky freakin' man said *AN ALASKAN WOLF*! GRRR.... I cried, because the entire wall was full of them! I wanted to take a bee-bee gun from a stand away and shoot him! Then, my Dad tried to cheer me up by saying that there's only a limited amount of time that people can hunt them. *But the entire stand was full of the wolf pelts!* I cry every day... that day changed my life. How could they do that?!?!?!?!?!?!!? At least my 7 year old, two 4 year olds, and a bunch of my little and older cousins and family members listen to me about how wolves could be extinct soon. Oh yeah, and my brother. And I tell the good of them. But, the day I saw those pelts turned my life from a happy walk in the park to being torchered in the MiddEvil times... But I got the rest of my young life to change the reputation of wolves around. I need some time to cry about that memory... =' { SAVE WOLVES!!!!!

Well I think this is outrageous. How do we have the power to say what dies and what lives? We are animals as well, the only thing that separates us is that we have a conscious, but I'm starting to think maybe we are the ones without a conscious?? This is cruel what they are doing to such beautiful animals, It breaks my heart just even hearing about this troubling fact. I hope all these people's comments will get noticed and that something will be done about this immediately! These beautiful creatures and all the animals of the world have done nothing but live their lives, not harming us.

Well, hello Mike. Wolves are NOT just dumb animals! They are just as smart as you or me! The only reason why they aren't making robots is because they don't have thumbs and people keep on killing them!

I can't understand why killing these magnificent animals has to be done from the air that's just sheer maddness not to mention down right merciless. Without these animals to control the Moose, Elk, and Deer population it'll get out of control and those populations will explode out of control. Wolves are the caretakers of the nature they weed out the weak,old and injured but they never go after the healthy ones. We've managed as people to move in on their territory giving them little or no place to go to now. Destroying these animals is just plain senseless. Hunting from the air is an unsportsman and cowardly act. What kind of hunter goes and hunts wolf from the air they wouldn't do that to elk or moose. I hope people will take notice of the fact that given the chance these so called aerial hunters are going to put the wolf on the extinction list and we'll never again will be able to see these wonderful animals again. [Blog editors' note: Our 2006 ad theme comes to mind: Are They Out of Their Minds in Alaska? -- If you shoot wolves to save caribou, and then you shoot the caribou, you're either out of your mind or in Alaska.]

Bravo, Matthew M. And to add (it certainly can't be said too often, since not many people seem to be paying attention): wolves aren't disrupting the ecosystem. There is not a single species of (non-human) animal earth doing that. That honor is bestowed upon humans, who continuously exploit animals and resources. Killing, manipulating, exploiting and dominating other animals in order to "fix" perceived problems benefits no one except people who want more animals to kill. It's insane.

There needs to be some evidence provided for the claim that the ecosystem of Alaska is out of balance. I have never heard of wolves disrupting an ecosystem. On the contrary, the evidence coming out of Yellowstone National Park implies that wolves act to maintain and can even restore ecosystems. Wolves are apex predators, but it is important to note that wolves do not always succeed. Hunting is dangerous for wolves, and they must calculate the potential cost and benefits of attacking prey, which explains why wolves give up on hunts readily. The animals that wolves prey upon are adapted to survive wolf attacks and they employ a number of strategies to defend themselves and their communities. The sheer size and aggressiveness of moose, who in some instances have killed wolves, deters wolves from attacking. Calving caribous migrate away from wolf denning sites. When pursued by wolves, both moose and caribou have been found to retreat into water, where wolves have less leverage. These, and other, traits prevent wolves from killing each prey animal they pursue and depleting their prey. Although I think it is possible for wolves to prey upon healthy animals, there is considerable evidence showing that wolves tend to prey upon the less fit members of a prey species. Analyses of prey remains indicate that those animals most vulnerable to wolves are those with diseases, in poor condition, suffering from injuries or abnormalities, and are less aggressive. I'm not sure what "over abundance of wolves" means. Like most predators, the availability of food is related to the size of the population. Food thus serves as a means of naturally regulating the population. As stated previously, wolves prey consists of the debilitated, young and old, which leaves the health, or most fit, members to survive. Wolf predation is a benefit for ungulate populations as a whole. Human exploitation has been shown to have detrimental effects on wildlife, such as decreases in body and horn sizes, and reproducing at earlier ages. I don't believe that taking wolves out of the wild and manufacturing them into dogs is the "pinnacle of mans technology." There was no right for human persons to take wolves out of their habitat, from their communities and breed the autonomy out of them for our purposes.

Matthew, if the moose and caribou populations in Alaska are being "decimated," why does the Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation allow hunting of moose and caribou? If they were truly concerned, they would end hunting of these "decimated" populations. Isn't that their purpose - to protect the population so that there will be plenty of moose and caribou to hunt in the future? Of course, the answer is that the moose and the caribou are not being decimated. But the agency believes there would be more moose and caribou for hunters if they got rid of some wolves. Lastly, "overabundance" is not a scientific word. I'm sure the wolves are not biologically overpopulated, so the agency is using the nonscientific word "overabundance" to imply that they are.

Hey guys, I love wolves as well, but (you knew there was going to a a "but") they are decimating the moose and caribou populations in Alaska. They are excellent predators and they are over populated in Alaska. That being said, they do not only "weed out" the weak and old. If you have larger packs they will take larger animals, thats how these things work. Furthermore the hunts on other big game are highly regulated so allowing humans, be it for sport or subsistance, to hunt other big game is not as much of a detriment to their populations as the over abundance of wolves is. Even though I feel that without the wolve and their change from wolf to proto dog to dog thousands of years ago was the pinicle of mans technology and we would not have progressed without this symbiotic relationship with the wolf/dog, I still understand the need to thin there numbers to bring balance back to the Alaskan ecosystem.

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