The State plans to kill hundreds of wolves this winter as part of an effort to boost moose and caribou numbers have prompted a new round of protests and resumed calls to boycott tourism in Alaska.
The Darien, Conn.-based group Friends of Animals is organizing "howl-ins" this weekend in more than a dozen cities, including Sitka, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Supporters will display posters showing a wolf in a rifle scope's cross hairs and saying that "Alaska is planning a heart-stopping wildlife spectacle," the group said in a press release Thursday.
Demonstrators will hand out cards asking people to boycott travel to Alaska until the predator-control programs end. The protests will continue through 2005 unless Gov. Frank Murkowski calls off the wolf-kill, the group said.
Beginning last winter, the Alaska Board of Game authorized private pilots to shoot wolves from the air or shortly after landing in several predator-control programs. Additional areas will be targeted this winter, with the total take expected to exceed 400 wolves.