Aerial gunners have already killed at least 47 wolves in Alaska this winter as part of what Defenders of Wildlife calls "Governor Palin's out-of-control wolf-killing program," which is moving at a record pace. More wolves have been killed last month than in any November in the last five years.
The wildlife conservation group estimates that almost 600 additional wolves may perish by the end of the season, which is meant to increase the game population to boost the out-of-state hunting industry.
Reporter Wade Willis, writing in a December 11 story in the Anchorage Daily News, said Palin's predator control program dishonors Alaska and is "a dangerous management objective that is not supported by scientific research."
Palin has used a loophole in the federal Airborne Hunting Act to continue the aerial wolf killing program.
And, in addition to introducing legislation to make it easier to use aircraft to hunt wolves and bears, the governor even offered private citizens a $150 bounty for the freshly severed foreleg of each killed wolf.
As part of their campaign, Defenders of Wildlife has posted a video of the cruel practice on their Web site.
Wildlife conservationists have been working to have Congress reintroduce and pass the Protect America's Wildlife Act (PAW), federal legislation to end aerial killing of wolves.