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Are They Out of Their Minds in Alaska?

March 08, 2006 | Wolves / Alaska Boycott

You've probably heard about it: They hunt wolves from the air in Alaska. Friends of Animals sued on behalf of the wolves, and in the interest of bringing sanity to Alaska. And the Superior Court said the state's aerial wolf-shooting scheme was breaking the law. But within days, the Board of Game concocted new rules. Hunters are back up in the air -- and out of their minds.

That's why, beginning in the 13 March edition of USA Today, the world will see advertisements reading "If you shoot wolves to save moose, and then you shoot the moose, you're either out of your mind or in Alaska."

Advertisements will also run in other high-profile publications, including The Nation (3 April), The Progressive (May), and Harper's (May).

wolf ad by Friends of Animals
Boycott Alaska ad, appearing in USA Today on Monday, March 13, 2006

"Aerial wolf-shooting has long been a thrill-seeking opportunity," said Priscilla Feral, Friends of Animals president. "But Board of Game members insist that there's a reason for what they enable."

And here it is: Wolves must be gunned down to stop them from killing moose. That way, later on, other hunters can kill the moose. And this is why they're aiming for 400 more wolves this spring.

You can help. Stay in your right mind, and pledge to avoid travel to Alaska.

A gallery of wolf supporters have converged at So far, a hundred people have posted their photos, and more are coming each day to declare: "We'd rather be here than in Alaska." Pictures are arriving from individuals and groups near iconic landmarks and destinations, lines at local banks and post offices, and packed subway cars.

"I'd Rather Be Here than in Alaska" pictures can be submitted electronically at the Boycott Alaska web site.


Hi, I wanted to let you know not all Alaskan's approve of what our Board of Game is proposing. I, like others and perhaps a minority, are outraged by this all-out slaughter of wolves and bears to make Alaska into a moose farm. We need exposure about this atrocity. I don't think boycotting Alaska tourism really work because boycotts with dressed up howling Huskies is perceived as goofy and isn't taken seriously. Alaska is still a "rough" place so we've got to play hardball. That is my opinion based on what I see. I think the judicial route, tying up BoG on issues in court, will make a bigger impact perhaps result in more favorable outcomes for wolves and bears. Boycotts generate attention on the issue but the courts will be where decisions are made to stop aerial wolf slaughter. [Blog editors' note: We held more than 200 Howl-In events in from Dec. 2003 - 2005. The recharged boycott is an ad campaign, and some people are endorsing it by sending us photos with the theme "I'd Rather Be Here Than In Alaska," for our online gallery.]

A note to the group of angry Alaskans whose hackles have been raised by FoA's new ad: Deal with it. This is how much of the world outside Alaska views your Board of Game, apologists for wolf control, and deceitful bureaucrats for Fish & Game. Don't send us threats that you'll shoot more wolves. Those comments don't get posted here, and FoA's blog is more of a free press than any of Alaska's newspapers. Gov. Murkowski told USA Today last month that Alaska needs a public relations firm to repair the state's image -- one of plundering the environment, and Alaskans always seeking a federal handout. What's really needed is change from morally corrupt policies -- an end to the aerial wolf control program in which hunter-pilot teams have destroyed more than 550 wolves in the last two years. Sound off at the Board of Game meeting in Fairbanks this week. Get off your laurels and join a host of other people who are fed up with the violence that passes as "wolf management," or some such primitive nonsense. What's next, grenades hurled from aircraft? Until the wold control program, in all its hideous expanded forms has been halted, expect many hundreds of thousands of wildlife-watching tourists to vacation elsewhere -- anywhere but in Alaska. Priscilla Feral Friends of Animals

I am upset about the situations going on in Alaska. Killing one animal while hunting is bad enough. However killing the other animal, just so it won't mess up hunting season, is without a doubt cruel and unfair.

it amazes me at this day and age the FAA and HOMELAND SECURITY would permit this type of thing to go on. a bunch of people flying around shooting guns out of air plains to contol wildlife. what next,laser guided missiles to contol the squirrel population,don't let me put any ideas in your head. and then a governor complaining about the state's image,if you want to clean up the image , start with the governor,he created this mess,let him clean it up.this boycott is going to cost people in the tourist industry money,not only the state needed revenue. even if you're for or against the wolf hunt,if you're in the tourist industry, your going to lose possible income,mayby the governor will pay any losses of income out of his own pay. right,try collecting that.i know if somebody came up with some hairbrain idea that was going to cost me potential income ,they would definitely be hearing from me. this hunt is not going to solve anything and except distance tourist's from visiting alaska.and people seem to remember wrongs more than they do rights. this boycott is getting a lot of publicity ,so if you're in the tourist industry or have friends in it, you might want to speak out. i don't believe alot of alaskians are going to actually benefit from the slaughter of these wolves.but i do believe a lot could lose potential income from the boycott. but that's up to the people of alaska to decide which is more important,pleasing a few or pleasing a lot.

All that is missing from the game board's ongoing wolf killing scenario is the angry mob of pitchfork wielding, torch carrying villagers. Again the arrogant, self regulating "game" board has chosen to add another unethical, cruel and inhumane "solution" to a predator problem that doesn't exist. "Hunters" (i use that term very loosely), will now be allowed to run down and shoot wolves from a snowmachine, though, being kind hearted, the game board says the snowmachine has to be stopped. And oh yeah, no shooting cross the highway. Why not just allow nukes and be done with it. It's all about ethics. Would these same game board members shoot ducks sitting on a pond? Would they snag salmon off the spawn beds? Would they keep and kill a trout in a catch and release area? It's all about ethics.When i began hunting and fishing I was taught that these practices were wrong, if not illegal and that the quarry should have an equal chance to live as to die. Maybe that thought doesn't exist in the game board's charter. And yes, those out there will come back by saying that wolves/bears/etc are inhumane, cruel and unethical. Well, they are supposed to be, they have been doing it for 10,000 years! It's genetic what they do. Man is the reasoning animal and can choose his actions. Man is supposed to be advancing and ridding himself of his primitive past. Maybe not! Today's Anchorage Daily News reports that the fish and game finally admits that they really don't have enough information on how their wolf predator program is affecting the moose population. Their budget has been cut back and surveys are not being run as often as they would like. In essence, the state is admitting they really don't have the recent facts to back up the game board's need for predator programs. I'm sure the predators killed in the past 3 years would have wished the biologists had come clean sooner. With actions such as the game board's, it embarrasses me to say I am a resident of this state. And oh yeah, don't come back with that" if ya don't like it leave it" cliche. Better to stay and try to change things. Gary C Eagle River,Ak.

Most Alaskans could care less what those "Outside" think or believe about what we do here. For to long we have had to listen to and try and placate outside influences. From the construction of the pipeline, to the fur trade, to wolves, the list goes on. Each of you have enough problems in your own locations that you should be tending to. I don't see you screaming about how the buffalo near Yellowstone have been treated. What about the elk herds that the local ranchers rant and rave about? As for the "air force to hunt animals", what a bunch of crap. You make it sound as if everyone with a plane and a gun is flying around shooting. When in fact it is a very limited number of registered individuals. Your half truths and misinterpretations of the facts have successful distorted the information to you and your groups benefit. A successful lie is more effective that letting the truth come out. Hunting and fishing is a way of life, not just here in Alaska but in most parts of the country. Sure, these are gods creatures (as so many of you like to point out), but god put them here for humans to use. If you prefer to be a vegan then by all means do so but then there are those that argue that plants have feelings (why else would people play music for them and talk to them). In short, boycott all you want, it just means there will be fewer of you up here plugging up our highways during the summer when the locals are trying to get to their fishing holes. Stay away.... PLEASE.... I hate having to wait in line at Denali National Park while some idiot from "outside" asks really stupid questions like "when to they let the animals outeach day?" DON'T COME TO ALASKA ..... there are plently of others that will. In fact others will come just to see what all the hype is about that you have raised.... As for the blog editor.... how dare you believe that you have the right to add anything to a letter, especially when it is one that disagrees with your opinion... Jim T Kenai, Alaska [Blog editors' note: How dare we comment on your comment? Perhaps you should get out more.]

Tom Classen from Fairbanks wrote and wants us to post the following: The business of wolf-shooting is FoA's business. Friends of Animals is working for many Alaska members and the wolves who deserve freedom from these persecutions. Tom favors a natural system. Priscilla Feral Friends of Animals

Here is a link to story bout Michigan's Isle Royale wolf-moose interaction and how they handled it. They let moose be moose and wolves be wolves and didn't bring planes,bait or snowmachines into the equation. Over-managing seems to be Alaska's problem. And inadequate data.

I have always wanted to visit Alaska but now they can forget it, thank you for making people aware of this practice.

Just so you all know, we get more visitors up here to hunt those moose than we'll lose to this ad campaign. Many of us do not support the aerial hunt, but please get it into your brains that hunting in Alaska is a way of life, and it's going to stay that way. [Blog editors' note: Hello,Katie, get this: A majority of Alaskans voted to ban aerial wolf control in 1996 and 2000. Predator control is not about a way of life or enlightened thinking.


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