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Sarah Palin’s Wolf Kill Program Increasing Moose For Non-Alaskan Trophy Hunters

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.

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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Senators Feinstein and Cardin Introduce Measure to Ban Inhumane Practice of Allowing Hunters to Shoot Wildlife from Aircraft in Alaska

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Aerial hunting is against federal law but former Governor Sarah Palin had created loopholes for idle rich trophy hunters in some cases using machine guns from helicopters as they pick off bears and their cubs, wolves and their pups.

Aerial hunting is against federal law but former Governor Sarah Palin had created loopholes for idle rich trophy hunters in some cases using machine guns from helicopters as they pick off bears and their cubs, wolves and their pups.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Senators Feinstein and Cardin Introduce Measure to Ban Inhumane Practice of Allowing Hunters to Shoot Wildlife from Aircraft

-Feinstein-Cardin legislation would close loophole in the Aerial Hunting Act of 1971-

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced legislation to explicitly ban the inhumane practice of allowing hunters to shoot and kill wildlife, such as wolves, from aircraft.

In 1971, Congress banned aerial hunting of wildlife after gruesome images of the cruel practice were broadcast on television. However, there is a loophole in the law that permits States to allow private citizens to engage in airborne hunting under the guise of wildlife management. For example, the State of Alaska currently allows private citizens to hunt wolves from aircraft, citing the need to protect herds of caribou and moose.

The Feinstein-Cardin legislation would close the loophole in the Aerial Hunting Act. It would ban civilians from aerial hunting and limit the practice to employees of federal and state wildlife agencies. This will ensure that this practice is used solely for the purpose of responsible and biologically necessary animal population control, such as when the sustainability of a wildlife population’s is significantly threatened by an excess of predators.

The bill is endorsed by the Defenders of Wildlife, the Humane Society of the United States, and nine former members of the Alaska Board of Game.

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Palin’s Positions on Aerial Wolf Hunting, Foreign Trade Negotiations, Putin Over U.S. Airspace, Joe Six-pack Salary, Rape Victims Medical Exams and Gay People

On MSNBC.com today, journalist Carrie Dann explores various contradictory positions of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ahead of the only vice presidential debate between Gov. Palin and Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden. 

Dead wolf with her pup

Results of Gov. Sarah Palin policies supporting aerial wolf hunting in Alaska: Dead wolf with her pup

That gruesome, anti-Palin Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund ad is being expanded, the group says. “Starting this week, what had been limited to certain markets in Florida, Michigan and Ohio will now air in Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin. It also will air in Missouri in time for Thursday’s vice presidential debate in St. Louis.” What about the facts? “The loaded language aside, the facts of the ad are accurate, although it leaves out the motivation behind the state policy. Palin supports the aerial hunting of wolves as part of a state-sponsored predator-control program intended to increase the number of moose and caribou in several areas of Alaska. Rural residents, who rely on hunting to survive, had complained there wasn’t enough game to hunt and eat.”

Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife

More: “Last year, Palin’s office announced the state would offer cash to kill wolves. Incentives included offering volunteer pilots and aerial gunner teams $150 for turning in the forelegs of freshly killed wolves. The state said the legs could help biologists determine a wolf’s age, while the money helped hunters and aerial teams pay for gas and expenses. A Superior Court judge later blocked the payments after conservation groups argued the money amounted to an illegal bounty.”

Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the only foreign leader to have met with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the only foreign leader to have met with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

“Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who touts her state’s proximity to Russia as part of her foreign policy experience, has not met with Russian leaders or delegations, negotiated any Russian issues or visited the country, according to an Associated Press review of records from the governor’s office. The review showed that the Republican vice presidential candidate has negotiated with only one country, Canada, and until last week had met with the leader of only one other, tiny Iceland.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

How about when Putin rears his head? “The Alaska governor has no command authority over the guardians of U.S. airspace despite her recent suggestion otherwise. ‘She doesn’t have any role in that process,’ Air Force Maj. Allen Herritage, spokesman for the Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command, told the Daily News. .. Moscow’s bombers have skirted Alaskan airspace 20 times, though they have not violated it, during Palin’s governorship, officials said. When F-15 and F-22 interceptors scrambled from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage in response, John McCain’s running mate was not speed-dialed with the news.”

Sarah Palins home located in Wasilla, Alaska, has an appraised value of $552,100, according to the Matanuska-Susitana Borough real property land details.

Sarah Palins home located in Wasilla, Alaska, has an appraised value of $552,100, according to the Matanuska-Susitana Borough real property land details.

Palin as Joe Six-pack? “Palin said if she and John McCain win, they will ‘put government back on the side of the people of Joe Six-pack like me.'” But, “Palin makes $125,000 yearly as governor, and her husband makes about $90,000 a year combined from his commercial fishing business and his part-time job as a production operator on the North Slope. Palin said her husband’s 401(k) retirement account lost probably $20,000 in the last week as the market dropped. According to the most recent state financial disclosure forms, filed March 10, 2008, the Palins had about $164,699 in a private investment account and $198,102 in a separate retirement account.”

The Boston Globe’s editorial page wants one question answered by Palin at tomorrow’s debate: “[W]hy, during her tenure as mayor of Wasilla, the town started charging rape victims or their insurers for hospital emergency-room rape kits and examinations. … [T]he policy on rape kits may have had less to do with easing the burden on taxpayers and more to do with Palin’s position on abortion. She has said she opposes it even in cases of rape or incest.”

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

Gay couples like Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi will be so relieved they have Gov. Palin's blessings.

And: “Sarah Palin, the socially conservative GOP veep nominee, is not opposed to gay people. Heck, some of her best friends are gay. ‘I am not going to judge Americans and the decisions that they make in their adult personal relationships,’ Palin told CBS’ Katie Couric Tuesday night when asked about churches, including Palin’s, that promote conferences to convert gays into heterosexuals through prayer. ‘I have one of my absolute best friends for the last 30 years who happens to be gay and I love her dearly,’ Palin said, without mentioning names. ‘And she is not my gay friend, she is one of my best friends who happens to have made a choice that isn’t a choice that I have made.'”

Palin’s Positions on Aerial Hunting of Wolves, Trade Negotiations, Putin over U.S. Airspace, Joe Six-pack Salary, Rape Victims Medical Exams and Gay People