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Alaskan aerial gunners wipe out wolf pack; Defenders mobilizes

[large thumbnail url=”alaskan-aerial-gunners-wipe-out-wolf-pack-defenders-mobilizes” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”19″] [thumbnail icon url=”alaskan-aerial-gunners-wipe-out-wolf-pack-defenders-mobilizes” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”03″ day=”19″] A pack of eight wolves has been wiped out already, and Defenders, along with other organizations, are working together to fight this legislatively and legally.

While the following announcement from Defenders is primarily a fund-raising message, the information contained is important and is only the beginning.

The poor wolves don’t stand a chance.

First spotters from airplanes circle known wolf territory to sight their prey. Then the helicopter swoops in, with marksmen firing high-powered rifles to gun down the defenseless animals from above.

At least 200 wolves near the Yukon-Charlie Rivers National Preserve — two thirds of the wolves in the area — are now in the crosshairs of Alaska’s aerial gunners.

And we’ve just received the sad news that the first eight of these magnificent animals have already been slain.

Please make an emergency donation today to stop this massacre by supporting our intensive legal and Congressional efforts to rein in this aerial butchery.

Working with our sister organization, Defenders of Wildlife, we have mounted a court case that could end needless killings like those taking place near the Yukon-Charlie Rivers National Preserve — challenging the very constitutionality of Alaska’s wolf-killing programs in the state’s Supreme Court.

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund is also leading the fight to pass federal legislation to stop Alaska’s cruel, unscientific and unnecessary aerial wolf-killing. We already have 130 cosponsors in the House and 7 cosponsors in the Senate.

And we’re helping Defenders of Wildlife mobilize public opposition to prevent a permitted wolf killer from being appointed to the state’s powerful Board of Game: a Fairbanks trapper, who owns a fur tannery and the company that manufactures the Alaska Wolf Trap and has also held a permit to shoot wolves from aircraft under the state’s aerial wolf-killing program.

Help us save wolves in Alaska and other imperiled wildlife.

We need your help, Mark and we need it now.

Your emergency contribution today could help save the life of one of these beautiful animals. Please send what you can afford today. Thank you!

For the Wild Ones,

Rodger Schlickeisen Rodger Schlickeisen, President Signature

Rodger Schlickeisen
President, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

P.S. Alaska’s war on wolves has just claimed another eight defenseless animals. Please make an emergency donation to support our efforts today. If you prefer, you can contribute over the phone by calling 1-800-425-4632.

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