Darien, Connecticut — The Alaska Board of Game and Department of Fish and Game has resumed –for the first time in over a decade — issuing permits for the aerial gunning of wolves. Justifications for this idea include ridding the moose hunters of competition from the wolves.

This, the latest chapter in Alaska’s war on wolves, is planned to span at least 2-3 winters.

Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, states: “We deplore the killing of wolves to suit the convenience of moose hunters and to provide a thrill for pilots. Modern society should not tolerate this.”

Wolf advocacy groups and sanctuaries have joined Friends of Animals to organize “Howl-Ins” for Alaska’s wolves Dec. 27 and 28, 2003 in 32 cities. Howlers will ask members of the public to pledge their support of a tourism boycott of Alaska until Alaska’s state-sponsored aerial wolf-shooting program ends.

Tens of thousands of “Boycott Alaska” postcards will be distributed and sent to Alaska’s Gov. Frank Murkowski, who is responsible for Alaska’s wolf-killing schemes.