Here is an article about "the slaughter of the wolves" in Alaska,they know how to do it right!
ALASKA AERIAL WOLF KILL TOLL SURPASSES 200
Hundreds More Wolves Targeted as Aerial Killing Programs Continue
March 4, 2005
Anchorage, AK – The death toll from Alaska’s aerial wolf killing program has reached at least 210, with hundreds more scheduled for elimination by April 30. Wolves are being shot directly from airplanes or being chased to exhaustion by aerial gunning teams, who then land and shoot the wolves point blank.
The citizens of Alaska have twice voted in statewide measures (1996 and 2000) to ban the aerial killing of wolves. Nonetheless, Governor Murkowski signed a bill two years ago overturning the most recent ban.
“It’s deplorable that Governor Murkowski continues to back the extermination of wolves in key areas across the state even though his so-called predator control programs lack scientifically-based standards and guidelines to monitor the program,” stated Karen Deatherage, Alaska Associate for Defenders of Wildlife. “Lower 48 and urban trophy hunters are clearly the only beneficiaries of the governor’s ill-advised policy.”
So far, over a hundred aerial gunning teams have obtained permits from the state to kill wolves in five relatively wild and pristine areas of interior Alaska. Plans call for up to 610 wolves to be killed in these areas by late spring. The programs are expected to last for four to five years.
Eighty grizzly bears, including sows and cubs, could also be killed this spring as part of the program. “These programs are the equivalent of short-sighted clear-cutting programs in our National Forests, only this time its wolves and bears instead of trees, in one of the few places in America where these animals still exist in natural, sustainable numbers,” says Deatherage.
The objective of this year’s program is to kill 80-100 percent of the wolves in a 50,000 square mile area in an attempt to boost moose populations for hunters, despite the fact that insufficient data has been gathered on the number of wolves and moose in this area. Aerial gunners can kill males, females and even wolf pups as part of the program.
Update on Alaska - 1/2005
The state of Alaska is in the tenth week of its aerial wolf gunning program and already 71 of the 610 wolves targeted this winter have been killed. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulation 5AAC 92.125, seven aerial wolf killing programs have been approved with a goal to kill between 1,200 and 1,400 wolves. Permits have been issued to aerial gunning team to kill 610 of these wolves this winter. Recently, 16 more permits have been issued for a fifth area along the Canadian border near Tok, Alaska. There is a scientifically significant group of wolves in this area, which as a result of years of intense study and research using aircraft, are particularly vulnerable to aerial gunners. Though this group of wolves spends a majority of their time on the federally protected Yukon Charley Preserve, they leave the preserve in winter to follow the caribou herd, making them easy targets for aerial gunners.
Terrible news from Alaska - 11/2004
Wittness Wolves being Slaughtered by Aerial Gunners
The anti-conservation Board of Game has just voted to allow up to 900 wolves to be killed by the barbaric practice of aerial gunning. This is six times as many as were killed last winter.
Easy targets against fallen snow, wolves can be gunned down from airplanes or chased to exhaustion, then shot at point blank range.
Alaska Game Board Targets Grizzlies, More Wolves - 11/2004
In order to artificially boost numbers of moose and caribou for sport hunters, the Alaska Board of Game recently approved plans to kill 80 grizzly bears by allowing hunters to bait the bears with human food. Hunting grizzlies by baiting is currently illegal in Alaska. The Department of Fish and Game may also provide a "bounty" to grizzly bear hunters in this area, pending legislative approval this winter. In addition, the board approved expanding land-and-shoot wolf killing for two additional areas, where up to 400 wolves will be killed by aerial gunning teams. All six of Alaska's aerial wolf killing programs will target nearly 900 wolves this season. These deaths, coupled with legal hunting and trapping, will result in approximately 2,500 wolves, or one-third of the Alaska's total estimated wolf population, being killed this winter. Although the Board of Game attempted to include federal lands such as Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in the wolf killing plan, efforts by Defenders and others helped ensure that these areas were excluded.
last i heard it was up over 400,almost half done!