Warning, this video isn’t pretty and its’ pretty hard to watch.
But the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund claims that this is the result of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s predator control program in Alaska, the one that allows wolves to be tracked and shot by hunters in helicopters.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game press release survival numbers in the Southern Alaska Peninsula (SAP) caribou herd are encouraging following the removal of 28 wolves from the calving grounds near Cold Bay.
The release reads: "Wolves from three packs were shot from a helicopter by Alaska Department of Fish & Game staff. Because many of the wolves were killed early in the calving season, wolves killed only seven, or 10.8 percent, of the radio-collared calves in the study area."
It goes on: "Biologists estimate 63% of the calves born this year survived their first two weeks of life. Typically, calf survival ranges from 50-60 percent during this period in other Alaska caribou herds that are stable or increasing." Click here to read more on the positive outcome of the incident.
But according to the DWAF, Alaskan state law prohibits the targeting of pups — a practice known as denning. They say that’s probably why Palin’s officials tried to cover it up, making no mention of the brutal pup executions in the state’s June 30 press release on the killings.
To date, none of the officials involved in the incident has been held accountable. The incident remains controversial but here’s a news report about the pup killings.
"Gov. Palin could be just a heartbeat from the presidency," says Rodger Schlickeisen, president of the DWAF. "Do we want a vice president who champions savagery towards animals?"