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Pilots Gun Down Wolves
Ann Hellmuth / Orlando Sentinel / November 12, 2005

If you have to kill animals, at least give them a chance. But there seems nothing fair about Alaska's state-sponsored aerial wolf killing due to start again in the next few weeks. The motive is to boost the populations of moose and caribou - so people can kill them as well.

Alaska voters have twice banned the shooting of wolves from airplanes or shortly after landing. But the Legislature passed measures allowing private pilots to do both as long as they were part of the state-sponsored predator control program. Even a tourism boycott hasn't stopped the pilot gunners from going about their business.

Now a group of Alaskans is trying to collect enough signatures to place an initiative outlawing aerial shootings on the 2006 ballot. Instead the wolves would be shot by employees of the Fish and Game Department.

Guess it doesn't make much difference to a wolf. Dead is dead.

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