I have just sent a copy of this e-mail to NBC News Desk in hopes that someone will take notice. The wolves really need our support and I ask you to take a stand and pass this along to all of your friends in hopes to gain more support. Thank you.
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to you in hopes that the media may bring to light an issue that needs to be addressed and no one seems to know anything about it. I am speaking about the horrific decisions being made in Alaska by the Palin Administration.
For hundreds of years, Alaska has been known as the Great Frontier. Lately I have been referring to it as the killing grounds. In the 1970s, the Airborne Hunting Act was added to the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956. If memory serves, it was due to the outcry from the public after a news story broke about the inhumane and unethical practice of chasing wolves from aircraft and shooting them either from the aircraft, or chasing the target to exhaustion, then landing and shooting at point blank range. Since then not much has been said about the subject and certain "wildlife emergencies" have allowed this practice to continue in the proper (I use that word loosely) context. Alaska has been exploiting a loophole in this Federal Law and has been allowing permits to shoot wolves and bears from aircraft, under the guise of "Predator Control" to artificially boost the populations of large game animals. This has continued since 2003 and has been progressively grown out of control.
Under the Palin Administration, the PAW Act has been introduced by Rep. George Miller (CA) to close the loophole that allows this horrific practice to continue. For three years, the citizens of Alaska have voted to stop aerial gunning and for those three years, the Alaskan Government has overturned this vote. Now the situation grows much worse as Gov. Palin has allowed the appointed Alaska Board of Game to allow the use of helicopters to continue this massacre. The meeting to approve this took place on March 9, 2009 and immediately started taking place, even though the new regulations are not yet in effect, making this practice illegal in the Upper Yukon/Tanana region. As of the following Tuesday, as many as 58 wolves were known to be killed. Many of the wolves that are being targeted are involved in a wolf study program that is funded by taxpayers.
The situation grows worse when the spring Board of Game meeting approved the use of "gas bombs" to kill wolves and wolf pups in their dens. This is the most barbaric act ever to afflict an already unstable ecosystem. The effects of killing so many wolves will undoubtedly cause damage to the environment as this allows more large herd animals to propagate. With such large numbers, there is the risk of overgrazing, which can lead to erosion of the soil, starvation due to the increase in animals and the decrease in available food, and can cause the spread of disease among the heards. Wolves and other apex predators provide a balance in the ecosystem by removing the sick, old, and injured, allowing the strongest to survive and breed. The motives behind the killing of wolves and bears by the Palin Administration has no scientific basis.
As an avid wolf fanatic, and a college student working on a degree in Wildlife Biology, I feel very strongly about this issue and believe the word must get out. When I talk to people about this, no one has ever heard of such a thing and they are disgusted by the audacity of the people involved. I have personally spoken to members of the House of Representatives and to Congressmen on Capitol Hill to bring more support to the cause. I am a member of Defenders of Wildlife, a non-profit organization committed to protecting and conserving our natural heritage. In hopes that there may be more support out there if people actually knew what was going on, I implore you to consider airing a story or some investigative reporting to let the public be aware of what is going on.