Alaskans for Wildlife got 32,450 signatures on a petition to ban aerial wolf hunting,
so the issue will be back on the ballot next year. (KTUU-TV file)
Gov. Sarah Palin says the decision of whether or not to ban aerial wolf hunting
lies in the voters. (Brad Hillwig/KTUU-TV)
Anchorage, Alaska - The issue of aerial wolf hunting will be back on the ballot next year. A petition to ban the practice, sponsored by Alaskans for Wildlife, has been certified by Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.
The program is intended to increase moose and caribou populations, but if voters approve the measure, it would ban the same day airborne shooting of wolves.
Gov. Sarah Palin says the state will adhere to the voters' wishes.
"I believe that our system works and should work this way, that it is the will of the people that will be followed by administrators. The people will vote on something, they will give that advice for the administrators and we will adhere to that advice that they provided," said Palin.
Parnell's office says the petition got at least 31,450 signatures or 10 percent of the ballots cast in the 2004 general election.