Alaskan Wolves - Alaska is home to the largest remaining population of gray wolves in the United States. But ironically, at the same time that heroic efforts proceed to restore wolves to portions of their former habitat in the lower 48 states, wolves in Alaska continue to be intensively hunted and killed.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska wildlife management program in which wolves are shot from low-flying airplanes and black bears are baited and snared is helping to increase the numbers of moose and caribou, state wildlife officials say.
The program has long been the target of wildlife conservation groups who view it as state-sponsored slaughter. Last fall, one of those groups launched an ad criticizing then-Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate, for expanding the program.
State officials contend the program is aimed at helping rural Alaskans, who rely on hunting to survive and had complained there wasn’t enough game to hunt and eat.
The program began under Palin’s predecessor, Gov. Frank Murkowski. Private citizens are permitted to shoot wolves from the air or conduct land-and-shoot hunting of wolves in six rural areas of the state.
Since the program began in 2003, over 1,000 wolves and hundreds of black bears have been killed in an effort to drive down the number of predators.
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Not enough Sarah Palin news for you over the weekend? Well, here’s another…
The former governor of Alaska spoke at a National Rifle Association dinner on Saturday night in Anchorage. Few details are available about the speech itself, except the topic was on the Second Amendment — something she, presumably, remains in favor of as the NRA branded her remarks “stirring.”
NRA president Ronald Schmeits and executive vice president Wayne LaPierre joined Palin and husband Todd at the dinner, where she reportedly received numerous awards including an NRA Benefactor Life Membership and a Gold Medal Award of Merit for the Promotion of Gun Collecting.
It’s not the first time Palin has received commendation from the NRA. You’ll recall that a few months ago she was presented a special M4-like assault rifle. The custom-made, all-white AR-15 dubbed the “Alaskan Hunter” was presented to Palin in May.
Less than a month ago, Palin signed a guns rights bill to much fanfare in Fairbanks where she appeared on the “Firearms Friday” radio talk show. Rocker Ted Nugent dialed in and “told Palin from his home in Michigan that he was firing up the grill to cook up some Alaska black bear backstrap in her honor.”
“Awesome,” she replied.
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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signs an Alaska State House bill and four resolutions in support of gun rights July 10, 2009, at the George C. Thomas Memorial Library in Fairbanks.
Gun rights enthusiasts welcomed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as she made an appearance Friday on a radio talk show whose callers included rock ‘n’ roller turned avid hunter Ted Nugent.
Palin spoke on Michael Dukes’ “Firearms Friday” show on KFAR radio in Fairbanks. She was in Alaska’s second largest city to sign a gun rights bill and several resolutions.
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