Should the state be promoting shooting wolves from air planes and helicopters? This is exactly what is proposed under House Bill 208 and Senate Bill 155. What image does state-sponsored wolf killing portray to visitors?
The tourism industry has a full plate dealing with the aftermath of 9-11, an economic recession, and SARS all wrapped together with a post-war climate. Is the tourism industry prepared to deal with yet another factor - a tourism boycott such as the one that occurred in 1993. Even though the Alaska Tourism Industry Association is receiving a grant of $4 million from the Legislature in the current budget, this won't be enough to buffer them from the reduced sales and negative public relations of a tourism boycott. Call or e-mail your legislators demanding that they reject these bills. Alaskans who depend on tourism can't afford to deal with the impacts of this poor wildlife management.
William J. Farrell