To the editor:
It's amazing how Sarah Palin can cut educational funding to our children with one hand while with the other she expends $400,000 on behalf of the Board of Game's efforts to wipe out 85 percent of the wolves across much of Alaska.
When added to the hunter/trapper annual take of 1,500 to 1,700 wolves, and the wounded or unreported wolves whose deaths go unreported that percentage becomes significant.
Bear in mind as this "educational" effort commences that for tens of thousands of years the wolves, bears, moose, and caribou have existed in natural balance and abundance. The harvest quota of caribou on the Taylor Highway was filled in only three days this year. Fish and Game will tell you the kill is a carefully determined number that can be sustained yet they cannot tell you how many were poached. There simply aren't enough enforcement officers (wonder how many $400,000 would fund) to properly patrol a state this size.
But, education and enforcement be damned; Gov. Palin owes the BOG a political debt and this propaganda effort will go a ways toward paying it. If they can keep next year's ballot free of citizen initiative votes against the barbarism of airborne killing, then they can continue to manage Alaska's wolves and bears the BOG way instead of in a reasoned and balanced fashion.
If you want to suggest a better use for that $400,000, you can always contact Gov. Palin at (907) 465-3982 or via snail mail at P.O. Box 110001, Juneau, AK 99811. Do it soon; it's your money she's spending.
John Toppenberg, Director
Alaska Wildlife Alliance