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Cost of Killing Wolves is Money that Should be Spent on Schools

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / April 3, 2007

In response to the March 21 article "State puts a bounty on wolves," I have a question I would like to ask Gov. Palin. Where is the money coming from to pay for the bounty program on the wolves?

If the bounty hunters don't get their quota, then they are talking about renting helicopters with pilots from the private sector and manning them with state gunners.

After looking up prices on the Internet, the cost of renting helicopters and pilots would cost somewhere between $695 to over $2,000 per hour, depending on the size of the helicopter and company. Using one helicopter for 40 hours, the cost would be $27,800 to over $80,000. Using more than one or for longer than a week would cost tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Where would the money come from when Gov. Palin wants to cut $150 million from the state budget?

I think that instead of spending the money on the wolf control program, the governor should take the money and put it in the education system for the kids of Alaska.

---- Wendell Goodwill / Sterling

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