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Aerial Predator Killing in Alaska OK by Palin, Echoing Gov. Frank Murkowski

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / September 18, 2006


I recently received an e-mail from a campaign staffer for Sarah Palin, explaining Ms. Palin's support for aerial killing of predators. She noted Ms. Palin had read the biography of Frank Glaser, a professional wolf killer working some 60 years ago, and had formulated her views based on that book.

Palin found the outdated principles by which Mr. Glaser operated to be "good science." Thus, she disregards two statewide votes in which Alaskans banned the practice, and she shows an ignorance of recent polls indicating 83 percent of Alaskans and 71 percent of Alaska hunters disapprove. She seems unaware of the 2005 letter sent by the American Society of Mammalogists in protest of the gunning, a letter they will repeat this year. And she ignores such Alaskans as Vic Van Ballenberghe, Gordon Haber, Joel Bennett, Nick Jans and Lowell Thomas Jr., all of whom oppose aerial killing.

Palin presents herself as one who studies issues in depth, decides based on the best information and gives weight to Alaskans' opinions. But when it comes to aerial killing, she toes the Alaska Outdoor Council line just like Gov. Frank Murkowski.

We know what sort of governor he was. Apparently, Palin sees no reason to be any different.

---- Art Greenwalt / Fairbanks

Editor's Note: The writer is a board member for the Alaska Wildlife Alliance

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