Bounty Hunting

For the past few weeks, I've been tracking down some articles on Alaska's former bounty on Bald Eagles, which makes it sort of odd to see the recent press emerge on Palin's sponsorship of aerial "predator" control programs. From the Seattle PI

Predator control. Palin approved and expanded the state's aerial predator control program, where wolves are shot from aircraft and bears hunted from aircraft and killed upon landing. This year, her state biologists even dragged 14 newborn wolf pups from their den and, having already shot their parents, then shot each of the pups in the head at close range. Last year, her administration offered a $150 bounty for each wolf killed until the bounty was ruled illegal by the courts. Hundreds of wolves are killed each year by this antiquated state program that has no scientific justification whatsoever, but rather is designed to appease Palin's urban sport hunter supporters.

Google pulls up many more pieces relating to this here.

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