Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Wolf initiative petition dies

An Alaska initiative petition designed to stop the state's predator management program has died for lack of signatures. Sponsors say they ran out of time, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports. The petition would have required state employees to take the wolves, instead of private teams. The state is currently issuing permits for teams to take wolves in several areas of Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game opposed the ititiative because of its "amiguous language that would lead to costly court battles."

The petition sponsors, Alaskans for Wildlife, have vowed to try again for the August 2008 primary election ballot, the News-Miner reported.

But lest anyone be tempted to celebrate, Brigitte Bardot, the French ex-sex kitten, has roundly condemned Governor Murkowski (she's "disgusted") for allowing this to continue. In light of this moral remonstrance, hunters should remember to be properly contrite.

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