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Easy targets against fallen snow, wolves can be gunned down from airplanes or chased to exhaustion, then shot at point blank range. Hundreds of wolves have been killed over the past 3 winters and the new plans target more than 400 more. It's a brutal practice, captured here in this video.
That movie is from the late 1950s / early 1960s.
 

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That movie is from the late 1950s / early 1960s.
Do you think the practice has really changed that much? The only difference I could think of is that perhaps with modern weaponry and sights they might not have to get as close, but I'd guess they still use the noise of the airplane or helicopter to flush the wolves into the open.
 

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That movie is from the late 1950s / early 1960s.
I was under the impression that the population of Alaska voted on this and voted to ban arieal hunts and hunting wolves. Then the governer over ruled them and reopened wolf hunts and the use of planes.
 

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I was under the impression that the population of Alaska voted on this and voted to ban arieal hunts and hunting wolves. Then the governer over ruled them and reopened wolf hunts and the use of planes.
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Over the past 3 years, Alaska has engaged in an illegal and barbaric annual aerial wolf kill whereby wolves are tracked and gunned down by aircraft. And today, not only is the program set to expand the areas where aerial gunning is permitted and to make permanent the five existing aerial gunning programs, but there are also plans to expand the use of snowmobiles to chase and kill wolves.

The Federal Airborne Hunting Act was passed in 1971 specifically to prevent this sort of aerial wolf kill. However, the present federal administration is unwilling to enforce this law and the state of Alaska claims that its actions are technically legal, because it doesnt allow hunting of wolves, but rather the control of wolves to protect game populations (which, by the way, are being protected so they can be killed largely by urban and out-of-state big game hunters).

Alaska continues with this program, even after a 1997 National Academy of Science study found that many of the biological relationships assumed in Alaska's predator control programs are not well understood and concluded that insufficient information often exists to conclude that such programs increase prey or game populations.

This year, 152 wolves were already killed by this aerial shooting campaign. Despite two ballot measures in past years that have banned this practice, the Alaska Board of Game continues to promote wolf kills and is presently considering killing plans like these to control the populations of brown and black bears as well. Moreover, this practice could soon become a model for other states to follow as they consider their post-ESA plans.
 
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