Since 2003, more than 1,000 wolves have been slaughtered under the State of Alaska's aerial wolf killing programs, shot dead by airborne gunners with high-powered rifles or chased to exhaustion and executed at point-blank range.
To artificially inflate Alaska's moose and caribou populations -- often for the benefit trophy hunters that don't even live in Alaska -- outgoing governor Sarah Palin accelerated the killing in recent years. This year alone, more than 250 wolves have been killed -- putting the 2008/2009 aerial wolf killing season on pace to become the deadliest in years.
Congressman George Miller will soon re-introduce the Protect America's Wildlife (PAW) Act, federal legislation to end the controversial practice of using aircraft and gunmen to chase and kill wolves in Alaska.
Complete the form below to urge your representative to sign on as an original co-sponsor of representative George Miller's re-introduced PAW Act help end this awful practice in Alaska and prevent it from spreading to places like the Northern Rockies.
In 1971, Congress passed the Federal Airborne Hunting Act -- legislation specifically designed to outlaw exactly this type of unfair and unfounded killing. However, since 2003 officials in Alaska have flouted the intent of that law and perpetuated a scientifically unfounded aerial wolf-killing program.
So far, more than 1,000 wolves have been chased down by gunmen in low-flying aircraft and killed with high-powered rifles. More than 250 wolves were killed during the 2008/2009 aerial wolf killing season, making it one of the deadliest in years.
This brutal practice has been condemned by wildlife biologists, hunters and conservationists from Alaska and around the world... and with good cause.
Under the program, the state issues permits to private hunters to allow the use of planes to track and shoot down wolves from above or chase them to exhaustion and kill them at point-blank range. Allowing private citizens to participate creates an unethical hunting program and the state has weak information on which to base their decisions on how many wolves are killed under the program or any solid data to substantiate the program's effectiveness.
The PAW Act would help restore science and integrity to wildlife management on America's Last Frontier by...
* Requiring states to provide a scientific foundation for their use of aerial gunning;
* Barring states from using aerial gunning to artificially boost game species populations; and
* Clarifying the conditions under which states can use aircraft to kill wolves and other predators to protect wildlife.
I am outraged by aerial wolf killing and hope that you will do everything in your power to stop this awful practice as an original cosponsor of the Protect America's Wildlife Act.
Thank you for considering my comments. I look forward to your response.