update July 29, 2009
On Wednesday, Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Ben Cardin of Maryland introduced legislation that would explicitly prohibit hunters from shooting and killing wildlife from aircraft. To ensure that anyone following the issue didn't miss the political element, the senators noted in the press release announcing the legislation's introduction that it would specifically end the targeting of "wolves."
The bill, which is endorsed by, among other groups, the Defenders of Wildlife, closes a loophole in the Aerial Hunting Act of 1971. And in an accompanying statement, Feinstein didn't hide her disdain for the practice that Palin now uses to illustrate the contrast between herself and the Hollywood crowd.
This year alone, more than 250 wolves have been killed, making the 2008/2009 aerial wolf killing season one of the deadliest in years. Urge your representative and senators to sign on as co-sponsor of the PAW Act.