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Alaska's Governor, Sean Parnell, Has a Choice:

Will He Continue Palin's Controversial Aerial War on Wolves --
Or Will He Take Steps to End It?

Defenders of Wildlife / August 12, 2009

Dear Alaska Wildlife Supporter,

Now that Sarah Palin has stepped down as governor, Alaska's new chief executive, Sean Parnell, has a choice: Will he continue Palin's controversial aerial war on wolves -- or will he take steps to end it?

It's up to us to ask him -- and to urge him to right some of Palin's wrongs and improve the way our wildlife and natural resources are managed in the Last Frontier.

Stand up for reasonable wildlife policies in Alaska. Take action now to let Governor Parnell know you oppose the war on wolves and bears and support scientifically-sound wildlife management.


As Alaskans, we need to let Governor Parnell know that we don't agree with the controversial wolf-killing programs approved by Governor Murkowski and dramatically escalated by former Governor Palin and her hand-picked Board of Game.

Under Palin's watch, the Board of Game expanded the ways in which bears and wolves could be killed by approving the use of gas bombs to poison wolf pups in their dens and the land-and-shoot killing of brown and black bears -- even sows and their cubs.

Despite long-term public and scientific* opposition to the aerial killing of wolves by private hunters, more than 1,000 wolves have been killed in this way since 2003.

State officials will begin handing out permits for the next season of aerial gunning this fall -- and hundreds more wolves will needlessly die. 

Now that Palin is out of the picture, it's time for a new era in wildlife management. Send a message to Governor Parnell urging him to end the unnecessary and unjustified killing of our wolves and bears: http://action.defenders.org/governorparnell

Together, we can help put a stop to the State's extreme and escalating war on wolves and bears and ensure our wildlife policies are guided by reason and science, not politics and greed. 

Defenders of Wildlife has requested a meeting with Governor Parnell to discuss this complex issue and ask for a very simple solution: to return science and integrity to Alaska's wildlife management policies.

Help us send a strong message that Alaskans want wildlife policies that we can be proud of. Take action now to ask Governor Parnell to do right by us and the incredibly rich natural resources we cherish: http://action.defenders.org/governorparnell

Thanks for taking the time to weigh in and for all you do to keep Alaska wild.

* If you'd like to learn more about the scientific community's concerns about Alaska's predator control programs, please visit: http://www.defenders.org/scientific_opposition

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