I have lived in Alaska for fifty years and supported hunting. The idea of using helicopters to hunt wolves is crushing. The image of wolves being aerial hunted was bad, but the image of a gunner sitting in the door of a helicopter shooting is horrifying. In the past I have not supported tourist boycotts in response to our states policies, on this issue I will support it. I work in a tourist reliant business and this would adversely affect me.
The voters of this state have voted twice to end aerial wolf hunting, but lawmakers have rewritten laws to continue this action. Perhaps the legislative branch needs a session on no mean no.
Wolves are an important member of the environment; removing the sick, injured and weak. What will we do when the wolves are not there to do their job? Will we have to aerial moose hunts to remove the diseased animals before they infect others?
Despite the Hickel quote "We can't just let nature run wild" we can and some times we should.
Liz Rodes / Anchorage