Palin’s Support Of Aerial Hunting
Governor Sarah Palin offered a bounty of $150 to anyone who participated in aerial shooting of wolves in 2007.
State incentive program. To motivate permittees to redouble their efforts and to help offset the high cost of aviation fuel, ADF&G will offer cash payments to those who return biological specimens to the department. Permittees will be paid $150 when they bring in the left forelegs of wolves taken from any of several designated control areas. “We can learn more about the wolf population age structure from these specimens,” Director Robus said, “and that information will be useful in the years to come as we modify our program to fit changing circumstances.”
Thankfully, the state superior court ruled against this horrible practice in 2008.
In March, Superior Court Judge William F. Morse invalidated the aerial killing of wolves in several small areas of the state while issuing a ruling upholding the predator control program. The suit was filed by Friends of Animals, Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance.
Of course, that hasn’t changed Palin’s point of view.
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