Palin strikes back on wolf allegations

February 4, 2009

Sarah Palin has struck back at Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, which is running a video accusing the Alaska governor of planning to expand the aerial hunting of wolves in her state.

The graphic video, part of the group’s “Eye on Palin” campaign, is narrated by Hollywood star Ashley Judd and has generated a lot of media attention this week.

Here is the full text of Palin’s brief statement, which was released late on Tuesday:

It is reprehensible and hypocritical that the Defenders of Wildlife would use Alaska and my administration as a fundraising tool to deceive Americans into parting with their hard-earned money.”

The ad campaign by this extreme fringe group, as Alaskans have witnessed over the last several years, distorts the facts about Alaska’s wildlife management programs. Alaskans depend on wildlife for food and cultural practices which can’t be sustained when predators are allowed to decimate moose and caribou populations. Our predator control programs are scientific and successful at protecting vulnerable wildlife. These audacious fundraising attempts misrepresent what goes on in Alaska, and I encourage people to learn the facts about Alaska’s positive record of managing wildlife for abundance.”

Shame on the Defenders of Wildlife for twisting the truth in an effort to raise funds from innocent and hard-pressed Americans struggling with these rough economic times.”

What is perhaps most revealing about the statement is that Palin, who shot to national prominence last year as the Republican Party’s vice presidential candidate, did not address one of the group’s key allegations: that she plans to introduce legislation shortly that would expand the aerial predator hunting program.

Whether the program is expanded or not, what do you think? is this kind of predator control cruel and inhumane? Or are most if not all efforts at the control of wild predators cruel? Can it ever be justified on scientific grounds? Or to, say, protect humans from man-eaters such as crocodiles? And is Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund using Palin to raise cash during a recession? What do you think?

(Photo Credit: REUTERS/Hans Deryk, USA, Nov 13, 2008)

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I absolutely agree with Palin on this one.

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive

As a former fan of Ms. Judd, I was extremely disappointed in her uninformed rampage against S. Palin. It sickens me when the Hollywood elite show their total ignorance in trying to destroy a person when justifying in their own mind the “cause they support.If she were really the “caring person” as she claims to be, then she might take the stage to speak out against the 50 million babies that have been murdered in the US since Rowe v Wade.As for me, I have seen the last movie that I will ever see with A. Judd. I can vote with a total boycott of her movies. Ms. Judd, your home state of Tennessee and I’m sure your mom & dad are embarrassed for and about YOU!

Posted by j t whitten | Report as abusive

To defend the wolf-killing campaign against a referendum, Palin spent $400,000 of the state’s money on an ad campaign telling Alaskans how to vote, since they had already voted against the aerial hunting practices twice before. Whenever an Alaskan species is added to the Endangered Species List (polar bear, beluga, etc), Palin sues the Fish & Wildlife Service for doing its job. She is easily the worst governor in the United States.

Posted by mitch | Report as abusive

Go Sarah! For the likes of A. Judd, wolves are just cute, cuddly furry things. To caribou and deer and moose they’re killing machines. Aren’t the caribou babies cuddly too, Hollywood? Maybe you can get Nancy Pelosi to pass a law that requires wolves to eat only Kibbles. Can’t the wolves and caribou just get along?

Posted by Henry Percy | Report as abusive

Yeah, what about the BABIES! what about the BABIES! you conservatives are blind to your own ignorance. Although I have yet to see the movie, the expansion of the hunting of predators is rediculous, if a man that so called “depends on the hunting of food” needs to kill a predator than so be it. He wouldn’t be caught in alaska anyways, but to make it public will just allow cause for those idiots that vote palin in to hunt for trophies. We are already the largest predator (probably in the Universe)I just wish the wolves could defend themselves. Now if the law requires a hand to hand combat with the wolves I’M ALL FOR IT. But you weak hunters want to use guns (which if it weren’t for the smart and elite you wouldn’t have any knowledge of)

Posted by jake kelly | Report as abusive

As a species, humans are not the best stewards of our natural surroundings as can be seen in our history. Nature has a way of taking care of itself without our trying to ‘improve’ it or ‘control’ it. Wolves thin out herds and make them stronger by taking down the weaker ones. It is us who have driven the wolf to near extinction among thousands of other species. Wolves and bears are great teachers to us in the Native community and it is our human arrogance that has our environment in this mess we have today. I seriously doubt that every Alaskan hunts for their food and indigenous peoples have always understood that each animal, tree, rock etc. has a role to play in the natural order of things. Judd is simply speaking her mind as each person does here and this is the democratic way of freedom. This hunting is right or wrong depending on any one person’s point of view but what ever the outcome…our actions in the natural world could use an over haul.

Posted by 3 Hawks | Report as abusive

What about the hard-earned taxpayer money being used for helicopter missions to kill wolves and bears? Not to mention, there’s a complete lack of evidence that moose and caribou populations are threatened by wolves. In fact, the reasearch points the other way–that in fact wolves do not threaten the population levels of moose and caribou. Not sure about bears’ effects, but polar bears are dwindling quite a bit on their own due to global warming. What Palin seems to want is to let moose and caribou populations explode beyond their natural limits so she can turn Alaska into a mecca for hunting tourism.

Posted by stan | Report as abusive

Once again the court jesters try to validate themselves. Their chosen path is to entertain us when we want to be entertained. The rest of there existence is of no use. These are the brains that want to introduce predatory carnivors into recreation areas and also ban guns in recreation areas. Those grizzlys and wolves are so cute. Sarah Palin is firmly grounded in reality. Entertainers think reality is a TV show. Judd has no worth if she doesn’t stick to the script.

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive

I assume that Mitch is a resident of Alaska or a knowledgeable expert on the credentials for being the worst governor in the United States. His case for his statements is not worthy of any consideration.

Wow, reuters really ditchet the neutrality on this one! There is nothing americans love to hate more than vegetarians, environmentalists, or people who are motivated by something other than church. PS jt whitten: by telling everyone that you are from Tennessee you have eliminated any political importance you might have pretended to have.

Posted by Trevor | Report as abusive

At least the DoW funds were given freely – Palin has no problem using tax payer money to advertise her position. Palin takes the Rove attack rhetoric to its extreme with half truths tied together to try and lead us to a completely fabricated justification to support an agenda she will not admit to. She proves you can fool some of the people all the time.

While I am no fan of Sarah Palin, I think she’s right. The animal rights activists are clueless on this issue. Wolves are not an endangered species in Alaska. The publicity effort, money, and time would be better spent solving human issues such as poverty, famine, and disease.

Posted by Barry | Report as abusive

Ashley Judd has either not done her research, or is intentionally misrepresenting this issue. Alaskans, particularly the Native American community, heavily rely upon wild game as a food source. Alaska is very responsible about monitoring and maintaining their rugged ecosystem. An over-population of wolves, results in the decimation of the moose and caribou population. Palin is absolutely right on this issue.

Posted by Susan | Report as abusive

Killing predators to protect vulnerable wildlife is based on sound science? It’s not even based on common sense. Predators and their prey have worked it out for a very long time before humans started intervening. Moose, elk, and deer may need protection from human acts like overharvest, habitat destruction, and climate change, but they don’t need our protection from the predators they have co-evolved with over millenia.The science is clear — healthy wolf populations in North America also mean healthier populations of prey and healthier ecosystems.

Posted by Wes J | Report as abusive

As a species, humans are not the best stewards of our natural surroundings as can be seen in our history. Nature has a way of taking care of itself without our trying to ‘improve’ it or ‘control’ it. Wolves thin out herds and make them stronger by taking down the weaker ones. It is us who have driven the wolf to near extinction among thousands of other species. Wolves and bears are great teachers to us in the Native community and it is our human arrogance that has our environment in this mess we have today. I seriously doubt that every Alaskan hunts for their food and indigenous peoples have always understood that each animal, tree, rock etc. has a role to play in the natural order of things. Judd is simply speaking her mind as each person does here and this is the democratic way of freedom. This hunting is right or wrong depending on any one person’s point of view but what ever the outcome…our actions in the natural world could use an over haul.- Posted by 3 HawksHey 3 squawks,You’re right. Nature has a way of taking care of itself. Yet two sentences later you have the gall to state that we have created an environmental mess. Never mind the climate changed drastically back and forth over billions of years and that the best you lefties can offer is a “consensus,” which is by no means scientific proof, of a couple hundred scientists (mostly not climatologists) prodded by enviro-nazi Al Gore, saying that the last 100 years of human activity is going to warm the planet, no wait, cool the planet, no wait, warm the….never mind. Your platform is getting too hard to follow.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive

The science is clear — healthy wolf populations in North America also mean healthier populations of prey and healthier ecosystems.- Posted by Wes JThank you, Dr. Wes. Now tell that to the tens of thousands, probably more, of animal species that have been wiped out by predators over time and explain again why humans have no right to partake of the bounty available to us.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive

As a conservative conservationist, who has followed this issue for years, I can tell you – There is a reason Palin did not argue against any of the accusations:They are all TRUEConservation is NOT being practiced in AlaskaPreditors are being exterminated in favor of prey, in order to bring more tourist dollars into AlaskaFrom a conservation standpoint, hunting normally is used to replace population controll normally provided by preditors, who are now absent from the eco systemKilling these preditors to make way for more hunters is just WRONG

Posted by Bobbb | Report as abusive

the wolves aren’t a problem here in Alaska….but Sarah is…….we need to control the worst predetor. thats the humans……birth control, not wolf control

Posted by John Bear | Report as abusive

You people have to be kidding me. Let me explain to you as a life-long Alaskan what her plan ACTUALLY is intended for and what it’s effects are. She says it’s for keeping the populations in check, sorry but that’s a lie. It’s intent is for the AK F&G offices to sell more permits for wolf-hunting as well as local charter flight operations to sell seats for airborne hunts. The wolf population is ALWAYS in check and doesn’t need outside interference as if it grows too large and they impact the moose and caribou population, they starve off from not enough food, thus leading to a boom in the moose/caribou populations which then creates another boom in wolves to even it out. Round and round it goes as it has for tens of thousands of years. Selling licenses to kill wolves equals more money for the state and more moose/caribou which also means more hunting licenses for Fish and Game. It’s all about money, not the ecosystem you morons…

Posted by J242 | Report as abusive

To Susan: The native populations are not at issue here as sustenance hunting is legal and doesn’t have any limits on it aside from commercial limitations preventing an abuse of the law. They can hunt all the wolves and moose they like for food and carcass use (Furs/pelts for clothing, rugs, textiles, etc… Bone for decorative purposes, tools, etc all of which can be sold legally thus also bringing in income) this is about airborne hunting of a population in order to artificially boost another population for further hunting.I really wish people would do some research and get a clue about the realities of Alaskan life before developing opinions on it…

Posted by J242 | Report as abusive

I guess to combat Palin, I’ll just have to cough up some more money to the defenders group….Palin is bad news all over.

Posted by k | Report as abusive

I would like to see a video of the Defenders and Ms. Judd in the wild with wolves and her hugging a wolve..” For only fifty cents a day you can..growling and screams…Technical difficulties please stand by.

Posted by John | Report as abusive

Ashley Judd can go back under the rock she crawled out from.

Posted by Kelsey | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin again? Talk about a species that is over populated. Puke.

Posted by Andrea | Report as abusive

If the good people of Alaska have to depend on the moose and caribou population to eat in these hard times as Palin suggests maybe they should keep the wolves and boot out their governor. I have two words for Palin – wildlife contraception. It’s been done for years across the globe and the good news for the gun happy nuts like her is you can still shoot ‘ya an animal! You just hit them with a dart that delivers the meds.disclaimer: I am a Christian white male republican gun owner that does not trust Palin – so there.

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive

I think we should capture some of the wolves in Alaska and then set them free in the town where Ashley Judd lives. Maybe if they started to prey on humans and pets there, Defenders of Wildlife would understand the need for predator control.

Posted by kimberly | Report as abusive

Go SarahI,m tired of these baby killing animal rights junkies.Go Sarah

Posted by Vern | Report as abusive

The only reason this idiot Palin wants to kill wolves and bears is so the Summer tourist that come to Alaska to hunt caribou, deer and moose to have something to shoot. No caribou, deer and moose means less dollars for the lovely Palin (who is part of the 4 trillion dollar deficit problem).Funny, that Native Americans never had any problems with the wildlife before but Palin stresses that this policy is for the people of Alaska and not the fat old tourist that drives his motorhome up here every Summer, and has to pay for his permits and licenses to hunt (as well as paying for the ones he shoots). Limit the amount of licenses from OUT OF STATE and there will be enough caribou, deer and moose for all.Palin always blames other for her stupidity (Couric, McCain, Judd, etc). I can only hope that we Alaskans can vote her out of power like we BARELY did Ted Stevens; if not, we deserve to be the but of the jokes that the rest of Americas make. If Palin wants to “protect the money innocent Americans need” she should stop spending it on publicity for herself and her failed projects. $4 TRILLION deficit, what is not to understand.

Posted by johnvet | Report as abusive

Palin is 100% correct. God, I can’t stand Hollywood.

Posted by JES | Report as abusive

Quote from Defender of Widlife and Judd: “Sarah Palin isn’t fading into the background so neither are we”What does that mean if the Guv fades into the background then we won’t here anything about wolves? Ashley and her cohorts don’t hunt, don’t care about conservation, and are using it to bag on Palin. This has nothing to do with the wolves this has to do with politics.Come on Judd why are you so scared of a little frontier woman like Sarah Palin? Somebody should tell this washed up actress Judd that the republicans lost the election.Somebody should tell Judd that her Mom loves Sarah Palin.Go down the list of Obama’s disastrous nominations, and ask yourself why the media spent nine weeks screaming that Sarah Palin wasn’t qualified for high office.Donate to SarahPAC and help counter smears and lies.

Posted by Jean | Report as abusive

It is amazing how a hollywood bimbo can tell the residents of Alaska, and their elected leader how to live. Alaskans are one of the most sensitive citizens to the fragile nature of their state and it ecosystem. Wolves are NOT endangered in Alaska , unlike in the lower 48 states. I also do not see Alaskans killing wolves to protect the cattle or their cute puppies. Ashley get a clue!

Posted by Peter | Report as abusive

What a hypocrite. In the middle of a recession, Sarah Palin launches a PAC so she can continue to jet around the country on lavish trips – paid for through donations from her gullible fans. At least the wildlife group is actually doing something meaningful with the money they raise.

Posted by Skipper | Report as abusive

Palin is so dysfunctional it’s a waste of time to refute her. The woman has a dark, dark side to her. She uses hypnotic techniques to draw people to her. In three paragraphs she repeats her charge that the WWF is ‘fund raising at her expense.’ She accused Katie Couric and Tinas Fey of making money off her. Is she paranoid or greedy?

Posted by Nonni Walters | Report as abusive

Hey all of you Palin huggers… Why didn’t she address the question about her legislation to expand shooting defensive wildlife from airplanes?If the wolves truly are a menace and their population needs to be reduced, why can’t the ‘hunters’ in the planes use tranquilizers so at least the animals will not have to suffer?

Posted by Palin-stoopid | Report as abusive

I’m not a bleeding liberal but Aerial shooting does not guarantee a clean kill. The animals may die in excruciating pain. Get real, Palin hunts for sport, not for some lofting goal of wildlife control. Why not use humane methods to achieve a wildlife balance?

Posted by sharon | Report as abusive

do you really think that this just started??? it has been standard practice for many years . If Ashley REALLY IS CONCERN ABOUT WILDLIFE she should ask the state of Montana why they slaughter buffalo ever winter for a disease that has never transfer to cattle as the state claims. Do you homework before taking the money Ms. Judd

Posted by darrell coulter | Report as abusive

Fascinating. So, if Palin faded into the background and didn’t have national political aspirations, this group wouldn’t consider it necessary to inform the public about this? Doesn’t that imply the entire campaign is about bashing the Governor and NOT saving wolves?Not surprising, the Judd commercial didn’t address the reason for the bounty.Any wonder why?

Posted by Reality Check | Report as abusive

It’s very disturbing when celebrities get political. You are not sure if they are acting or sincere?Celebrities should use their fame and fortune to help needy children and needy families first and foremost in this country. Spewing venom is counter productive. We need bridge builders and uniters.

Posted by sandy | Report as abusive

Typical Palin, ever the dilopmatic peacemaker. How dignified of her to respectfully disagree, give hard facts from independent credible sources to back up her claims and look for ways to compromise and build partnerships. Ooooops!!! I mean: Typical Palin, ever the whining, big mouthed victim. Here’s a clue for you: The name of the group is Defenders of Wildlife…that’s their job! Something obviously alien to Palin, always looking for an angle and way to profit herself, she projects it onto everyone else.

Posted by icarus | Report as abusive

Of course no one seems to be worried about how cruel it is for a young caribou to be hunted down by wolves and have the flesh torn from his body as he dies.Nature is inherently cruel. Those of us who get our dead animals nicely wrapped up at grocery stores should not be criticising the people who rely on doing their own hunting. We all partake of the slaughter.

Posted by William Shipley | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin is not doing anything but killing. Wolves try to avoid people and what she is doing is so unbelievable. It is heartbreaking to watch.

Save the wolves and let the people starve. Another ignaorant Hollywood elitist. Stick to acting Ms. Judd.

I think Ashely should crawl back in her own hole and mind her own business. She is ragging on something she demonstrates she know NOTHING about. Hunting is a method of survival. Sometimes we have to rid the enemy that keeps us from feeding our families. Does Ashley know how the food packaged in grocery stores gets into the package? How stupid is this woman??

Posted by T K | Report as abusive

Firstly, controlling wildlife isn’t wrong at all. Here in Australia we do the same thing to our Kangeroos…There are to many kangeroos in our wildlife and they affect farms corps etc etc…and i’m sure its the same thing with wolves killing of stock etc….there is nothing wrong with keep animals to a number that can be control. These groups etc are just trying to put down Sarah like normal. Grow up people and do your research before having a go about nothing you know

Posted by Daniel | Report as abusive

Actually, Gov Palin is justified. This was an insult against her and the State of Alaska. How soon we forget things. In Texas we had a bounty on Coyotes – you got paid for each one slaughtered. You hung it on your gate post for pick-up!! Now tell me!! You can to many states – even those that collect wild horses – use the pregnant mares urine for research – foals are not an issue. You can go to any feed lot and see calves dying!! Want some more??

Posted by Tango | Report as abusive

Tammy, you are a dull bulb! The people in Alaska hunt to fill their freezers. If the wolf population grows too large, people in Alaska will not have meat to eat, the wolves will destroy the herds of wildlife. Why do comment when you do not grasp the issues?

Posted by Kerry Kolsch | Report as abusive

The question is “is this a humane way” – to kill the wolves from the air and with rifles. Save the money from the helicopters and spend it neutering and releasing the wolves.

Posted by Sam Myers | Report as abusive

S. Myers has it right there are other ways to pursue predator control with less cruelty. Gov. Palin talks about fund raising when in fact that is her motivation by killing the predators that prey on animals that draw hundreds of hunters to the state to spend their money and support the local economies. This type of hunting from the air was banned in the 70′s(Aerial Hunting Act) and Gov. Palin now uses a loop hole to continue with the misguided policy. If you want to stop her contact your states representatives and encourage them to support legislation in Congress that closes this loop hole and I am sure Obama will sign it. I am not a defenders of wildlife member but this act is Cruel and inhumane and should be stopped. If Gov Palin is the best the Republicans can come up with for the next election, they are in sad shape..

Posted by crowesnest | Report as abusive

The question is not wildlife management. The question is method of the management. Aerial sniping of wolves or any other creature is unneccesarily cruel. The Caribou and Moose populations are unlikely to diminish greatly at the hands of wolves unchecked by aerial hunting practices.Since when does nature require man to do fly by murder for population control? The practice is indefensible, the Governors outrage is the reaction of a child caught in the cookie jar. Aerial hunting was outlawed for good reason, loopholes should be closed and will be closed in spite of the false outrage of Sarah.

[...] From Reuters [...]

the lady is insatiable in her thirsty for blood, her scientific reasons to killing wolfs are alike the japanese that kill whales, she probably will be invited to the next trip to kill whales in the japanese ship to promote tourism…

Posted by Leopoldo Arguello | Report as abusive

This once again proves that the world is populated by idiots. It really is sad because they want something to be a part of so badly that they jump on the first band wagon that drives by without any knowledge of the subject1. There are plenty of wolves2. They are wolves, not peopleThere are so many worthwhile causes out there why choose one that has no substance and little basis in fact? When was the last time you were in Alaska studying wildlife populations?

Posted by Shiloh | Report as abusive

“The wolf population is ALWAYS in check and doesn’t need outside interference as if it grows too large and they impact the moose and caribou population, they starve off from not enough food”And if the Alaskan wolf population was allowed to starve, Sarah Palin would come under fire from the Defenders of Wildlife for not feeding them. She’s damned if she does, and damned if she doesn’t.This DoW campaign is less about the humane wolf control, and more about continuing the liberal media’s hatchet job of Sarah Palin, by keeping her (negatively)in the public eye for the next 4 years.These Hollywood public service announcements are absurd. Noah Wylie’s polar bears anyone? Cue the violins please. How about these self-important celebrities champion a real cause, such as stopping the rampant baby-killing we’re now forced to fund, courtesy of our illustrious President.

Posted by Ivy | Report as abusive

All wildlife management is nessasary because of our intrusion of their territory. The native people of Alaska had/have no problem with living alongside other species. We think we own and therefor can controll everything. Let’s remember that an ex “soccer mom” is not mother earth and needs to remember that if a few more women had chosen to parade around in a bright red 50′s swimsuit SHE would be back to pack’n some more reindeer jerkey.

Posted by Sharon Gomez | Report as abusive

It seems that some killing of wolves is occurring and this is not natural. A similar wipeout happened in the lower states which eliminated the species. It was then realized that the wolves were part of the natural eco-system and wolves were transfered from Alberta Canada to restore the natural balance

Posted by kenzo | Report as abusive

Palin is right! This is nothing to do with wolves its a political jab which the hysterical leader of “Defenders of Wildlife” admitted to! Ashley Judd is a mindless puppet. In Alaska, hunting is survival as they don’t have a grocery store on every corner, libwits! Also, look at the road situation and terrain. Aerial is the preferred mode of transportation. Liberal hysteria is just political pandering. As for me, my conservative family and friends, we don’t need to spend our hard earned money supporting another celebrity liberal pawn. See http://www.boycottliberalism.com. If stupid, uninformed liberals use their “fame” to support crisis or causes that are nothing more than fronts for political hackjobs we will boycott! This agenda is actually on Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals #12 Direct, personalized, criticism, and ridicule. Are you ready for Socialism, America? Don’t buy into the insanity buy more guns.

Posted by Linda | Report as abusive

Palin is fabulous! Ashley Judd is a libwit moron. Shooting is much more humane than allowing overpopulation of wolves. In that event, they die of starvation or are eaten by each other. Get a clue bleeding heart liberals. People in Alaska depend on Caribou and Elk for their meat. Go eat your vegan tofu salad, smoke your dope, and kill your unborn babies. Abortion is more humane?

Posted by Fae | Report as abusive

For all those Palin fans who are either Republicans or members of the religious right, why don’t you ask yourselves, “What would Jesus do?” Do you think Jesus would advocate shooting defenseless animals from the sky? And if your argument is that they are “predators”, would Jesus have them slaughtered for behaving in a way they are genetically programmed to behave? Wolves need to hunt to survive — Palin, what’s your excuse? She is an ignorant, cruel ignoramus.

Posted by dj | Report as abusive

Go to the following web site and then comment on how defenseless these animals are: http://www.saveourelk.com. Aerial hunting was in place long before Sarah Palin was governor.

Posted by Charmagne | Report as abusive

Ashley Judd, I love your acting and I love you sis’s and Mom’s singing… but please… please don’t do this to yourself.

Posted by 68bluecam | Report as abusive

i guess the caribu and moose do not suffer when they are being eaten alive by the wolves and bears.i say send a few of the wolves to hollywood and see how long it takes for ashley and her friends to ask for someone to take care of the problem.

All these liberal freaks need to find a more useful cause during these very trying times.

Posted by B LEBOEUF | Report as abusive

Rick Rick Rick wolves do not eat animals that are alive they kill them first. They choose the weaker ones and only what they need. Nature is not always pretty everything has a place an order that has worked for centuries long before we were here. We must use our brains before a gun. This may be just a Palin smear if that is the it, it sucks, she has a right to her opinins as does Ms Judd. If these animals are bieng slaughtered it is senseless. If you want to reduce the wolf population kill off the food supply. We now can start shooting moose, caribo, and deer from a plane(if that is really what is happening).

Posted by kenzo | Report as abusive

AERIAL killing of wolves is wrong and inhumane. Wolves are not the savages that they are made out to be — they take what they need for food, and not that much. Alaska has at most 11,000 wolves — there are more than one million caribou and more moose than the rest of the USA combined!Ms. Palin continues to ignore the wishes of her people in favor of the hunting lobbies.

Posted by Cynde Magidson | Report as abusive

This whole thing should, better not be just a smear campain against Ms Palin. She was brave enough to join the GOP in a race for the top that was unwinable(real word or not)She provided the party with a freshness and determination that was lacking. I am not a supporter of hers. I cannot even vote down there. I have read a few comments and I believe that most Alaskans get a majority of their food from a suppermarket not from hunting. Here is a solution for the wolf problem(if their really is one)transfer them to the lower States and give us back the ones we sent there. Have we not learned anything???? Don’t %$#@ with mother nature and the natural order she has a way of getting even.

Posted by kenzo | Report as abusive

The hunting of wolves by air has been going on since the late 1940′s. Over the decades, it’s been controversial. Sarah Palin is just the latest person to become involved in this.As one poster pointed out, the majority of Alaskans DO get their food from supermarkets. However, some 20% of the population, about 120,000 people, hunt and/or fish as a primary means of feeding themselves. These people live in the more remote parts of the state, as have their ancestors before them.One wolf, on average, will consume 12-14 caribou per year. Alaska is very cold and wolves are big, warm-blooded animals that live outside, without the benefit of fire. It takes a lot of calories to survive as a wolf in Alaska.When viewed in this light, the issue with the wolves turns into a conflict between predators. It doesn’t mean that we automatically replace them, however. Wolves hunt the young, sick, and slow animals. HUMANS hunt the largest and healthiest animals – and remember, no caribou outruns a rifle. From the point of view of the ecosystem, we are apex or super-predators. We affect the population dynamics in a different way: Evolution no longer favors the largest and fastest, it favors the smallest, slowest and more sickly looking. With this in mind, only the best scientific and observational methods should be used to make sure the ungulate populations of Alaska do not collapse from two groups of predators burning the opposite ends of their population candle.

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive

Slightly OT but does anyone know when the next election is in Alaska? The sooner they get rid of Palin the better off everyone will be. I find it hard to believe that there are still people who think she’s a “breath of fresh air” when she’s the exact opposite.

Posted by steve | Report as abusive

“protect humans from man-eaters such as crocodiles?”unfair comparison – there has NEVER been a documented case of wolves attacking humans in Alaska.Predator control is junk science. Visit:www.grizzlybay.org/SarahPalinInfoP agefor real information

Posted by J. Kline | Report as abusive

Hand it to the spoiled celebrities who live in sprawling metropolitan areas stick their noses into the policies of people who live in regions that rely on traditional methods of providing food for their families. Since the beginning of time man has hunted for food, but in the last half century it has somehow become more “humane” to mass produce everything that these people actually have to go out and work to obtain.Overpopulation of wolves = smaller resources for indigenous population, as well as disease and starvation for the wolves. And for those who hate sports hunters, they actually know more about the value of an animal consumed for food than any hippocrite who hunts for their food at the local supermarket, despite being painted as ignorant red necks with itchy trigger fingers by the misguided carebears in hollywood.Maybe we should send some of these people up to Alaska to live with the locals for a while and see how well they do surviving off of their idealist philosophies.Hollywood should leave Alaska’s game and fish policies to the local professionals and focus more on acting and making movies so we can see something that is worth the rediculous prices we pay for admission and popcorn.

Posted by Brandon | Report as abusive

The sooner they get rid of that evil woman the better.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive

Obviously, a lot of people have bought into the eco-propaganda that wolves are warm and fuzzy creatures that will never ever eat or maim people. They’re just clueless as to what it takes to properly manage wolves. Anyone not believing this should read Will Graves book, “Wolves in Russia: Anxiety Through the Ages” and watch Bruce Hemming’s documentary, “Undue Burden: the real cost of living with wolves”. Graves book is full of statistics, but the accounts of how little kids and adults have been killed by wolves are mind boggling. Had wolves been properly managed to keep their population in line with their natural prey, they wouldn’t have been feeding on people and animals people owned. Often, rural area Russian peasants had guns, but no ammunition, or they had no guns at all. Wolves eat or ‘spree kill’ their way through their natural prey base. Also, since we don’t hunt them, they lose their fear of people.See http://www.prosts.com/Documentary-Undue- Burden.htmand http://www.amazon.com/Wolves-Russia-Anxi ety-Through-A list of people killed by Wolves in North America are listed in Undue Burden.

Posted by Bruce | Report as abusive

It’s all about $$$$ and many environmental groups will use anything to raise money. They are big business, sophisticated, and like a religion and should be feared.

Posted by buffalojump | Report as abusive

Where is this baby the Palin family said Bristol delivered in December? What evidence exists for it besides Palin’s statements?

Posted by frank burns | Report as abusive

I say keep going defenders of wild life you are doing the right think kick palin’s buttwolves eat the weak and the sick humans rake the best. if anything humans are the ones killing all the elk moose and deer TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!!!!introducing deer is a great way!LOL in some places there are too many and they starve Alaska is evenly ballanced lets keep it that way!

Posted by Pengiathan | Report as abusive

The Safari Club gave Palin a whopping $600,000 during her campaign…I do not believe she is doing it for the economy…She’s a hunter and really enjoys it..I read somewhere that she paid $15,000 for the leg of a wolf..what does that tell you….aerial hunting is down right cruel…let nature take care of itself and leave the humans out of it…it was doing fine until we started screwing with it…man always manages to go in and screw things up…

Posted by Connie | Report as abusive

ps.how much longer does she have in office?? can’t be out soon enough…

Posted by Connie | Report as abusive

Let me get this straight. Palin is proposing a bill to shoot more wolves, so humans can kill the caribou and moose instead. If left alone, nature provides for a natural attentuation process that culls both the herds and the predators; and if, as Palin suggests, the population of Alaska depends on killing caribou and moose for food, maybe the real issue that needs to be addressed is human population control.