(SALEM, Ore.) - I'm the first person to admit that numbers have to be balanced when it comes to deer and elk and other animals; otherwise we would be plowing into them with our cars and that certainly doesn't benefit anyone.
But the animal elimination taking place in Palin country, also known as Alaska, may come to represent what could be the bloodiest aerial wolf killing season yet in Alaska.
Seriously, is there some kind or accomplishment in gunning down animals from a helicopter? My dad always talked about creatures having a "fighting chance" and that is missing here.
Wolf advocates say that already this winter, aerial gunners in Alaska have slaughtered at least 47 wolves.
More wolves were reportedly killed this past November than in any November in the past five years. And, under what many call "Governor Palin's out-of-control wolf-killing program," nearly 600 more wolves could die before this year's season is finished.
Wolves are dying right now, and we need your help to stop the killing.
Rodger Schlickeisen ,with the group Defenders of Wildlife, says that with new leadership in Washington and unprecedented awareness about Governor's Palin's senseless killing programs, they are now in a better position to stop what he calls, "this terrible, needless practice" and save wolves.
The group is hoping to gain support in order to:
* Forcefully oppose efforts by Governor Palin and her Board of Game to arbitrarily kill even more wolves just to boost game populations for out-of-state hunting interests;
* Shine the national spotlight on Governor Palin's brutal wolf-killing programs and pressure her to end them;
* Work with the incoming Obama/Biden Administration to close the loophole in the Federal Airborne Hunting Act that Governor Palin is exploiting to continue Alaska's unfounded aerial wolf killing programs; and
* Build support in Congress for the reintroduction and passage of the Protect America's Wildlife Act (PAW), federal legislation to end aerial killing of wolves once and for all.