Sarah Palin and her support for Ariel Wolf Hunting.
May 15, 2012 § 1 Comment
For those of you who are unaware, Ariel wolf hunting is the practice of shooting wolves from an aircraft. I am outraged by Sarah Palin’s cruel, senseless and unscientific practice of Ariel wolf hunting. She is apparently determined to continue and expand this horrible program. Thankfully, many defenders are determined immensely to stop her. Wildlife activists thought they had seen the worst in 2003 when Frank Murkowski, then the Republican governor of Alaska, signed a bill ramping up state programs to gun down wild wolves from airplanes and inviting average citizens to participate. Murkowski believed that wolves were clearly better then humans at killing elk and moose, and humans needed the playing field. In early 2007, Palin’s administration approved an initiative to pay a $150 bounty to hunters who killed a wolf from airplane in certain areas, hacked off the left foreleg, and brought in the appendage.
A raft of scientists has argued that Palin’s, who even hunts as a hobby, has provided little evidence that the current wolf-murdering program, will result in more moose for hunters. In 2007 she approved $400,000 to educate the public about the “ecological success” of shooting wolves and even bears, from the air. Last year, 172 scientists signed a letter to Palin, expressing concern about the lack of science behind the wolf killing operation. According to the scientists, state officials set population objectives for moose and caribou based on “unattainable, unsustainable historically high populations”. As a result, the program will threaten the long term health of the wolf populations. The scientists concluded with a plea to consider the conservation of wolves and bears. Apparently, Palin wasn’t even fazed. Earlier this year she introduced a state legislation that would further divorce the predator-control program from science. The legislation would transfer authority over the program from the Department of Fish and Game to Alaska’s Board of Game, whose members are appointed by none other then Sarah Palin herself. Even many hunters where astounded by her power play. The legislation would give her board “more leeway without any scientific input to do basically, whatever the hell they wanted.” Says Mark Richards, co-chair of Alaska Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, wrote in email.
The state responds that predators kill over 80% of the moose and caribou that die each year, while hunters and trappers kill less than 10%.