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Alaskans to Vote on Aerial Shooting of Predators

August 21, 2008.

Alaska voters are being asked to decide the future of the state's aerial predator control program. If approved, Ballot Measure 2 would ban shooting wolves and bears either from the air or once a plane has landed, unless the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game demonstrates that a "biological emergency" exists.

The state says the program is necessary to increase the number of moose and caribou people rely on for food in rural Alaska.

Critics say the program caters to big game hunters and guides from urban areas, mostly Anchorage and Fairbanks, by manipulating game populations unnecessarily.

Read more from the Anchorage Daily News.

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