Alaska is expanding its Wolf Control Program - by Maria Ferguson
Hunters in airplanes will not only be directing their weapons at Wolves in the Nelchina Basin and McGrath regions, but they will also be pointing their aerial weapons west of Cook Inlet and central Kuskokwim River regions.
Wolves are being blamed for a declining Moose population by state wildlife biologists and hunters. Last year, the aerial slaughters took 144 Wolves as victims. This year the Alaska Board of Game under the directives of Governor Murkowski is hoping to kill upwards of 500 Wolves. The governor's spokeswoman, Becky Hultberg, explains the reasoning behind this massacre. "The governor is committed to this course of action. He thinks it's in the best interests to the people of the area and he thinks the people should have some role in the game management where they live."
Conservation groups, such as the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, have claimed that the people do not want the governor's so called "War against Predators" and in fact have voted it down. Governor Murkowski's spokesperson says, "The threat of tourism boycotts and backlash from animal-rights groups opposed to the filling of wolves in Alaska doesn't concern the governor. He's concerned about what Alaskans think".
What do Alaskans really think in regards to the governor's war?