Why did Sarah Palin favor wolf hunting in Alaska?

I worked in the Alaska State Legislature when she was governor and the aerial wolf hunting program was debated. It was semi-controversial. Mainly by people from Outside that didn’t understand Alaska, predator controls, or the program itself.

Governor Palin favored aerial wolf hunting as part of a government predator control program. Hunters don’t just get in a plane or helicopter and shoot wolves for the hell of it. A large section of Alaskans still hunt, fish, and forage for their daily calories. In rural Alaska, fully a 3rd of their annual food intake comes from subsistence activities, in some places way more than that.

When the state government Dept. of Fish and Game decides that the wolf population needs some trimming, where moose or caribou populations are being threatened for instance, they then issue a very limited number of permits for hunters. And they have very strict rules.

And this is part of why many Alaskans just can’t stand her anymore. Even the things she said or did that we may have agreed with just got constantly blown out of proportion by Outside politicians or media. And then she doubled down by saying something stupid without any relevance to the issue.

I liked Sarah. She was a nice person and honestly not the worst governor. But holy god do I miss being asked stupid questions about penguins (there aren’t any in the Arctic) instead of about she-who-should-not-be-named.

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