Stop Aerial Gunning of Wolves on Federal Wildlife Refuge
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Unimak Caribou Herd Environmental Assessment

Stop Aerial Gunning of Wolves on Federal Wildlife Refuge

    1. Petition by

      Caleb Laieski

      Phoenix, AZ

 

The state of Alaska is continuing its war on wildlife -- by trying to kill wolves from helicopters. Remote Unimak Island, in Alaska's Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, is home to the Aleutian Island chain’s only naturally occurring populations of brown bears, wolves and caribou. Caribou numbers on the island have varied drastically over the past 100 years and have recently plummeted.

Despite the fact that there is no evidence that wolves are responsible for the recent drop in caribou numbers -- which is just as likely related in part to unsustainable state-permitted trophy hunting of caribou on the island -- the state is using the drop in numbers as an excuse to kill wolves in the name of "wildlife management."

Nearly all of Unimak Island is federally designated wilderness area. A state-run and federally permitted aerial hunt in a wilderness area is unprecedented. Federal biologists admit that very little is known about either the caribou herd or the wolves on Unimak Island. It would be the height of irresponsibility to blindly massacre the wolves in the face of so much uncertainty.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency within the Department of the Interior that manages the refuge, initially refused to allow the aerial wolf hunt but now appears to be caving to state pressure. The Service has completed an environmental assessment that concludes that the state’s proposal for “predator control management on the Refuge is necessary.”

The Service is accepting comments on its environmental assessment until Jan. 31. Please act now to tell the agency it must not allow the massacre of wolves on this federal refuge and wilderness area.

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    • Kyle Hackmeister WILLIAMSPORT, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Weatherford International employee

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    • Gabriela Garcìa Mayagoitia MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
      • over 3 years ago

      This is so unfair. How is it that the U.S. seems bent on finishing off wolves and coyotes all over the country. They need protection. Please stop the aerial gunning on the wildlife refuge. It turns out it's not a refuge for the wolves after all, is it?.

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    • SIOBHAN HIGGINS LIMERICK, IRELAND
      • over 3 years ago

      What sort of a world is this when one species tries to wipe out another for greed and profits?

      Do not be so ignorant to think that interferring in nature's natural rhythms will not have an effect on the human population. These animals have inhabited this earth for considerably longer than humans. They have hunted in these terrains for millenia. We have no right to kill them.

      Please protect and conserve these animals, they have a right to life.

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    • malise and håkan adler VIRSERUM, SWEDEN
      • over 3 years ago

      IM from sweden,i hope you dont do the same mistace, that our gouverment did,your a big country and many others listen to you, bout please learn the others to tace af all this wolves,i so a beatiful movie from alaska.mvh maylise.living with wolves.BEE PROUD.

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    • Dawn Maraldi HOMESTEAD, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      The killing of the wolf will throw off the entire balance of the ecosystem in which it survives. This is a systematic genocide of a species and I find it barbaric and cruel. I boycott your country in all things you do and I will never vacation in your country as long as you continue to kill the wildlife with the mindset of 'population control'.

      ONE EARTH, ONE CHANCE!!!

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