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Once Again, Alaskans Say 'Yes' to Banning Aerial Wolf Killing

Alaska Wildlife Alliance / October 24, 2006

Anchorage, AK - Alaska Wildlife Alliance congratulates Alaskans for Wildlife on their successful campaign to gather more than 57,000 signatures confirming Alaska's determination to stop same-day airborne shooting of wolves and bears. The Alaska Wildlife Alliance is looking forward to working closely with Alaskans for Wildlife and other like-minded conservation organizations in bringing this campaign to a successful conclusion.

This initiative will again give Alaskans the opportunity to tell the legislature and the Board of Game that we want our wolves and bears managed ethically and in keeping with the best available science. As confirmation of the lack of sound science currently implemented by the Board of Game, the American Society of Mammalogists, comprised of over 500 independent scientists, has released a resolution that points out how out of touch the current wildlife management practices of the Alaska Board of Game are.

(Click here for a copy of this resolution.)

Both the legislature and the Board of Game have twice before decided to disregard the will of Alaskan voters and institute predator killing programs that attempt to make feedlots out of Alaska's wildest places.

As Alaskans, we can do better. This initiative, which will stop the indiscriminate same-day airborne shooting of wolves and bears across a huge swath of Alaska, will give us another chance in 2008 to reclaim ethical, sound, science-based wildlife management.

The Alaska Wildlife Alliance is actively working on a plan to both stop disenfranchising Alaskan voters after two years, and give all Alaskans a voice in the management of our wildlife. We believe that Alaskans and all Americans have a stake in maintaining a dynamic and diverse ecosystem that recognizes the vital roll of all wildlife species in a truly wild Alaska.

On another wildlife front

The Alaska Wildlife Alliance is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the recent killing of four brown bears at the Old Harbor Landfill. All information will be kept in strictest confidence other than being provided to the proper authorities.

For details, contact John Toppenberg, director of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, at 277-9819 or john@akwildlife.org.

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