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Measure to Ban Aerial Wolf Hunts Approved for '08 Ballot

The Associated Press / Juneau Empire / January 28, 2007

ANCHORAGE - An initiative to ban the aerial shooting of wolves has been approved to appear on the 2008 ballot, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell's office announced Friday.

Parnell gave notice that Alaskans for Wildlife's ballot petition banning the same-day airborne shooting of wolves met the required number of signatures to be placed on the ballot in August 2008. Petition sponsors had to collect at least 31,450 qualified signatures, or 10 percent of the 314,502 votes cast in the 2004 general election.

Initiative sponsors last October dropped off eight cardboard boxes at the state Division of Elections office in Anchorage. Inside were petitions with 56,574 signatures, more than the required amount. The signatures then were verified by the election staff.

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