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Aerial wolf control effort begins

by TIM MOWRY, published in Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Despite howls of protest from Outside animal-rights groups and a grass-roots campaign to outlaw same-day airborne hunting of wolves, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is going ahead with its controversial effort to produce more moose and caribou for hunters.

The state would like 400 wolves killed this winter, the third year in a row that hunters armed with special permits can shoot wolves from the air or land.

Alaska Kills 276 Wolves During Second Season of Wolf-Shooting

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.

Wolf Control Tally at 276

By Tim Mowry
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks, Alaska (Published: May 29, 2005)

Aerial gunners killed less than half the number the Department of Fish and Game had hoped in the second year of its controversial predator reduction program, but the state's wildlife boss termed the effort a success.

The state issued more than 100 aerial permits to hunters this winter to shoot wolves from airplanes or to land and shoot wolves in five different parts of the state. As of Friday, the reported harvest stood at 276. The total harvest objective was 570 wolves.

Act on Behalf of Alaska Wolves

To biologists, they were unique. To the community of wolves moving in and about Denali National Park, they were irreplaceable. Today, they are gone.

On the 11th of February 2005, the alpha female was trapped and shot. Two months later, on the 17th of April, a hunter accompanied by a guide shot the injured and exhausted alpha male.

Killing of the Toklat Wolves Is All about Human Ethics

By Susan Russell, Friends of Animals
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Published: May 1, 2005)

Toklat Alpha Male Killed

By Tim Mowry
*Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks, Alaska (Published: April 20, 2005)*

The fate of Alaska's most famous wolf pack is uncertain after a hunter shot and killed its alpha male Sunday a few miles south of Cantwell.

The reigning patriarch of what is known as the East Fork or Toklat wolf pack in Denali National Park and Preserve was legally shot in the Pass Creek area.

Bear Education Group Cancels Trip to Alaska

Dear Governor Murkowksi:

I am the director of the Bear Education And Resource Group, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to fostering peaceful coexistence between black bears and people.

Last year, members of my organization visited Alaska and were very impressed with the stunning mountains and beautiful wilderness. We were thrilled to see bald eagles, moose, wolves, and grizzly bears (which we unfortunately do not have in New Jersey!). Most tourists to Alaska come for the very same see unspoiled wilderness and wild animals.

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

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.”

Wolf Pack May Have Split Up

Denali: Biologist asks game board to remove traps

by Doug O'Harra
*Anchorage Daily News (Published: March 6, 2005)*

More wolves from the most visible and scientifically important pack in Denali National Park and Preserve may now be dead or separated from the group's male leader, amounting to what one longtime wolf scientist calls a biological emergency.

Fate of Evansville Wolf in Air

*Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Published: March 5, 2005)*

When Wyoma Knight called biologist Beth Lenart at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks a few weeks ago to report an injured wolf that had been roaming around the village of Evansville, a community in the Bush about 30 miles off the Dalton Highway 200 miles northwest of Fairbanks, she was surprised by what she was told.

"She said to go ahead and shoot it," Knight said by phone on Friday. "I don't see no reasons for it to be shot. It obviously wants to live."