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Fair Game: Rowayton Activist Takes on Alaska over Wolves' Killings

March 11, 2005 | Wolves

by Charles Walsh
*Connecticut Post (Published: March 11, 2005)*

Ever since Priscilla Feral launched a boycott of Alaskan tourism in [1992], her name has been mud with an iceberg-sized chunk of that state’s population.

Not that it bothers the Rowayton resident and long-time president of and chief spokeswoman for Darien-based Friends of Animals, who takes a certain amount of pride in calling herself “the punching bag of Alaskan talk radio.”

Feral is well known in Connecticut as a tenacious and vociferous animal rights activist who has protested everything from pig races in Derby to the thinning of deer herds in Greenwich.

The Alaskan tourism boycott, which Feral says [in 1993] cost Alaska $100 million in bookings, is in protest of the state’s policy of allowing people to shoot wolves from helicopters and airplanes, a practice Feral likens to “a video game.” Friends of Animals also annoys some Alaskans by organizing mass protests called “Howl-Ins” of the wolf-killing policies.

Feral is no fan of Alaska’s current governor, Republican Frank Murkowski, calling his wildlife policies “draconian.”

The talk radio hosts rarely miss an opportunity to characterize Feral as an “outsider” and “meddler,” while hunters who call in usually draw on terms unsuitable in a family newspaper.

Talk radio is not the only Alaskan media taking pot shots at Feral. In February, the News-Miner in Fairbanks carried an editorial entitled “Oh, please Priscilla” that charged that the Friends’ efforts to stop the state’s wolf control program were “futile.” The editorial said Feral failed to rally the Alaskan public to the cause and therefore was forced to sue state wildlife officials. (The suit is scheduled to go to trial in May.)

...The latest collision between Feral and Alaska’s hunters and wildlife establishment involves an injured female wolf that is hanging around the small village of Evansville on the Dalton Highway 200 miles north of Fairbanks. A few village residents have fed the wolf, an act that is illegal under Alaskan law. Evansville is a cluster of 15 homes, called “a suburb” of the nearby metropolis (20 houses and a store) of Beetle.

Fearing the wolf might injure someone, wildlife officials at first wanted to shoot it. But an Evansville woman, Wyoma Knight, a member of the Inubec tribe, knowing of Friends of Animals’ opposition on wolf killing programs, alerted Feral to the animal’s plight. Feral offered to have Friends of Animals pay the expense of having the wolf trapped and transported to a wolf sanctuary in Washington state.

By last Saturday, the story was front-page news in the News-Miner. And the radio talk shows were buzzing again.

Full article: http://www.connpost.com/ci_2601304

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One more point, many of you said that these are God's animals and we should treat them that way. If this is the case, God says in the bible that he put animals on this planet to basically use at our discretion. If this is supposed to be a comment page please post all comments, in favor or against.

In reply to Judd Jack's question, we should respect the rights of free-living animals and leave them alone.It's a tall order for humans to control themselves, analyze and halt their ever-expansive intrusions, but that's what's most needed. All of us are part of Nature; our creation remains a mystery to many. Avoiding Biblical interpretations would be wise. Priscilla Feral Friends of Animals

A beautiful place like Alaska should not allow Killing Wolves from the air or any place , Hunters are only intrested in Killing.... It seems to me the hunting avocates are wining the battle, How do we stop this, Is Bush a big part of the problem? Or is it greed (Money) for the sports industry. And get rid of Murkowski as Gov of Alaska. Ron

I saw the FoA video of Alaska Aireal hunting and I for one think that the hunters who kill and mock these wolves are idiots! I mean how would you feel if you were being shot at from the sky by a gun and you were in four feet snow!!! If the hunters who slaughter these beautiful animals think it's fun well they are pretty stupid!!!! I mean how feel if you were being hunted?!?!?!?!!?! GET RID OF THAT NONLOVING, DESTRUCTIVE GOVERNER OF ALASKA!!! FOR PETE'S SAKE!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SAVE WOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SAVE WOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

save the wolves!!

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