New Bill Will Try to Ban Airborne Wolf Hunting

Nearly 700 Alaskan wolves have been shot by airborne hunters since the practice was un-banned back in 2000. Groups like Defenders of Wildlife have been fighting against this for years, and now they have a new ally: California Representative George Miller, whose Protect America's Wildlife Act would close the federal loophole that was exploited to allow this slaughter.

Miller says that Alaska's "wolf control program" is illegal because all shooting or harassing of animals from aircraft was banned in 1972. But proponents deny that this is a hunting program -- they call it a "predator control program."

Of course, when aerial hunting was permitted in 2000, the Alaskan law permitted "anyone with a state trapping or hunting license to spot wolves from the air, land and shoot them on the spot," according to a report that year from CNN.

This isn't the only attempt to stop the airborne hunting. Defenders of Wildlife has an ongoing lawsuit to end it, and Alaskans are expected to vote on the issue (for the third time) in 2008.

You can help -- write to your representative here and ask them to support the PAW Act.

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