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Predator Control Inside Alaska
The Associated Press / Juneau Empire / November 9, 2005

The Program

Permitted hunters and pilots can shoot wolves from the air in some of the five designated areas. In others, hunters can find wolves and bears from the air, then land and shoot them.

The Petition

Wilderness author Nick Jans, former Alaska Board of Game member Joel Bennett and writer and photographer Tom Walker are collecting signatures to make aerial predator control a last resort to be used by the state only in a biological emergency.

The Commissioner

Alaska Department of Fish and Game commissioner has condemned the initiative drive, saying the proposed restrictions would make it expensive and difficult for the state to manage wildlife.

The Deadline

Sponsors need to collect 31,451 signatures by the start of January's legislative session to certify the petition as an initiative on the November 2006 election ballot.

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