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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.

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



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.


Maybe these ignorant people should open a book and see what these beautiful smart animals are all about. Do they not relize that wolves are such an important part of our World? How can this be legal? Why would they want them killed? Bring them to Idaho or Oregon where "real people appreciate their beauty. I'm quite sure the Nez Perce would love to take them in.

I really feel sadened when I think there are people who enjoy killing beautiful wolves just for the sport of killing.They may think it's ok but I believe some day when they meet the higher power they then will be held accountable.

I totally agree with the person who says they hate being human. To think that I belong to this race of killers saddens my heart. The wolves deserve every right to exist on this planet as well as so many other animals that man is desicrating. I would just love to be able to go to Alaska and hunt the hunters and see how they would like to be chased down to exhaustion, poisoned or whatever I see fit. See how they would like it!!!!!!!!! [ Blog editors' note: Thank you for writing in, Donna. You might take courage from Martin Luther King, who once wrote: "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it... Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.... Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."]

wolves are my favorite animal and it just sickens me to see some of the things they are doing in not just alaska, but mostly every where to these poor animals. if we all just stop and look at ourselves we'll realize that the wolves aren't the monster here but us ourselves!!!

The mass killing of wolves in Alaska is going to lead to the same problems we see in the rest of the US: Overpopulated herbivore herds that become unhealthy and genetically weakened by a lack of predation. Wolves are key members of the ecosystem. They are more efficient at keeping herbivore populations down than hunters, and promote healthy, strong, intelligent hoofstock. Alaska needs to learn from history in every single other continent of the world, and realize that killing wolves kills a healthy environment.

I am just curious if any of the comments posted here came from people living in Alaska. Or from anyone who has seen a wolf in the wild. I fail to see how a boycott on the tourism industry will help save the wolves, please enlighten me. I have seen a growth in tourism since the boycotts started, perhaps its time to figure out another strategy. I am also confused by those who say they would like to come to Alaska and 'hunt the hunters'. I realize they are just blowing off steam, but what a bizarre statement. [ Blog editors’ note: Yes, and we did address that statement before, JA. As we wrote to the commenter: “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it… Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate…. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” If you are asking if people of Friends of Animals have ever seen free-living wolves, the answer is Yes. Some of the other commenters might not have seen them, but that is because wolves have few areas of wilderness left. Best wishes to you.]

Are you also friends of the baby moose and caribou, and the mother moose killed for her baby in the womb and that's it? If that is ok for the wolf to do then it's also ok to manage them so the wolves themselves don't starve to overpredation. I've lived in Alaska and the wolves are definitely beating the moose and caribou, the moose are few and far between. Read Sidney Sheldon's book for another historical perspective on this subject from someone who has lived it. Listen to the native elders for they truly know what's best.

Not all Alaskans -- Native elders or others -- share the same views. Fourteen percent of Alaska's residents hold hunting licenses. Twice in recent years, the majority of Alaska's voters have voted to prohibit aerial wolf-shooting. Gov. Murkowski's opinions on predator control influence his bureaucrary, and the Fish & Game Board members he appoints. Since November 2003, to appease the Department of Fish & Widlife's hunter-clients, the State has sponsored shooting wolves from aircraft to make moose and caribou hunting easier in five areas of Alaska over a five-year period. Friends of Animals maintains that the State can't gerrymander to justify wolf control. We're adamantly opposed to a tightknit groups of politicians who contrive and inflate animal populations and hunting goals to justify aerial wolf-shootings. Further, we think the world community should have something to say about the treatment of wolves and other free-living animals. These animals don't belong to Alaska, or any certain state. Their home is the planet. Hundreds of thousands of residents inside and outside Alaska, have supported a tourism boycott -- sending a message to the Murkowski administration that the State shouldn't be rewarded for deploying an air force to decimate wolves and bears. Money appears to be the only language Gov. Murkowski understands. Meanwhile, we'll continue to oppose Alaska's wolf control program at every level, in every forum, and at every opportunity. Retributions include an educational program, a tourism boycott and legal challenge. Friends of Animals is waiting for a ruling in our lawsuit. It's possible we'll have a ruling against the State, holding that the current predator control programs are illegal. Such a decision would halt airborne or same-day airborne wolf-shooting this Fall and Winter. Priscilla Feral Friends of Animals

Thanks for your response Editor. I must disagree with your statement that wolves have few areas of wilderness left. That may be the case in the lower 48 but definitely not in Alaska. I see them all the time. Their tracks are in every trail. They, along with the bears, have all but wiped out moose and caribou populations in several areas. Granted, they have been helped by hunters. If we are to allow the harvest of moose and caribou for human consumption we must also balance out the predator population. It is not done for sport as some have suggested but rather for survival. Whether you believe it is right or wrong it is for certain that Alaskans will continue to harvest wildlife for food. In places with no stores and frozen ground inhibiting gardens, what choice is there? And the statement that overpopulated herbivore herds is a problem may be true but, at least up here, it is a problem easily solved. I must add that while I do not hate wolves, quite the opposite in fact, I do compete with them to feed my family. Thanks for the blog and for allowing for an opposing view. And while we disagree I applaud your organization for standing up against something they feel is unjust. With respect for you and your right to have an opinion, JA from Ak And best wishes to you also.

Regrettably I posted my last statemant prior to Priscilla's so was unable to respond. I would like to do so now. I do believe that the people of Alaska should have a say in this matter. I cannot agree with the aerial wolf hunts for this reason, and this reason only. I do agree with predator control. As I have stated, since we harvest moose and caribou for food we must balance the predators. While I commend your commitment to your cause I doubt you believe you would ever stop Alaskas from hunting. That "Hundreds of thousands of residents inside and outside Alaska, have supported a tourism boycott..." may be true, it is also true that tourism has increased since the boycotts started. I suppose it would be like me boycotting Los Angeles or New York City. It would mean very little as I would never visit these places to begin with. I doubt the Murkowski administration has felt any pressure from these boycotts as they have apparently been ineffective.


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