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State's Wolf Hunt Ignores Will of People Who Voted it Down

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / April 6, 2007

Let's see if I've got this straight. The aerial wolf hunting issue has been voted down twice by Alaska voters. Few wolves have been killed under this program, which further implies a lack of enthusiasm and support. So now, the state is considering paying $150 (not to be confused with paying a bounty) for each wolf taken under this program. If this doesn't work, they propose using more state money to have airborne gunners do the job. What is wrong with this picture?

The will of the people should not be overthrown without a compelling reason. Such blatant disregard undermines voter confidence in elected leaders, and in their ability to make sound decisions and manage resources. This predator-control program is not scientifically based and represents a minority opinion in this state. Alaskans, make your voices heard once again. Write letters, send e-mails. Let's not become complacent about this issue.

---- Doreen Schumacher / Wasilla

Editor's note: A state Superior Court judge last Friday ordered a halt to the state bounty on wolves.

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