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Good News: Aerial wolf control stopped in 12,000 - 15,000 square miles of Alaska's 60,000 square mile predator control area

March 15, 2008 | Wolves / Alaska Boycott

Judge faults expansion of wolf control

PREDATOR MANAGEMENT: Overall program upheld by court ruling on Friday.

By MARY PEMBERTON
The Associated Press

A judge on Friday invalidated the aerial killing of wolves in several small areas of Alaska while issuing a ruling upholding the state predator control program.

Superior Court Judge William F. Morse issued a lengthy ruling that took a look at the state's wolf control program, now operating in five areas of Alaska. The program is being challenged by Friends of Animals, Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance.

The groups filed the lawsuit against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Board of Game in 2006 in hopes of ending the aerial wolf control program.

Supporters say the program will help increase the moose and caribou that people in rural areas rely on for food. But critics contend that the Game Board does not have the science to justify killing hundreds of wolves under the guise of predator control.

"Alaskans have allowed their bureaucracy to be taken over by extremists -- people who want to keep an air force to annihilate wolves and other natural predators," said Priscilla Feral, president of Darien, Conn.-based Friends of Animals. "The state's mean-spirited and deeply unpopular wolf-shooting forays must stop."

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No more wolf killing anywhere !!!!!!!!

Sick bastards. Thanks to you, Defenders and others for doing this crucial work.

The judge is [most annoying]. Predator control is a discredited 19th century concept. The fact that it still occurs in the 21st cetury shows that hunters are not the conservationists that they claim to be. Until all sport hunting is banned all animals are at risk of extinction. Animal cruelty in all its forms must stop. All the outrage over michael vick and dog fighting and we still allow aerial hunting of wolves? What hypocricy. We must boycott Alaskan tourism and all Alaskan products until this slaughter is stopped. I personally will never spend my tourist dollars in Alaska.

Every study I have seen shows clearly that wolves and bears are not the reason for depletions in the Caribou herds. The reason for the depletions is quite simple really, the herds have been over hunted by humans. [Blog editors' note: Two-legged human hunters are the bane of everyone's existence. ]

All I have to say is THANK GOD someone is on the wolves side!!!!

I am totally against the killing of any wolves! This has to stop. While this judgement is a small victory, we must keep on fighting until this barbarism stops. These wolves are not bothering anyone. There is enough caribou to go around for the people and the wolves without killing these magnificant animals. Washington needs to be involved in this to ban the killing of wolves anywhere in the United States. They do not bother humans and humans should never bother them. They are part of the ecosystem. Please leave them alone.

Even though some of the wolf control has stopped it is not good enough. ALL of the control MUST STOP. The depletion of the Caribou is NOT the fault of the Wolves, but the fault of the humans. Wolves DO NOT bother humans so why is it so important that humans do away with these magnificent creatures? We must continue to ban together and demand that the killing of these Wolves stop.

Since the wolf is my native american spirit guide, this news makes me ecstatic...Thank GOD!!!! And thank-you!!! What a wonderful way to start the day!!!! Jennifer

Using Draconian measures, which in this case are barbaric, horrific and tantamount to Animal Terrorism, to solve minor animal predator situations is a sign of mismanagement at the highest levels of state government.

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