Some left wing bloggers may be starting to realize that the Palin emails they fought relentlessly to have released are not the silver bullets they had hoped for to use to destroy the object of their hatred. Information contained in the documents, in fact, provides compelling contradictory evidence to many of the myths they have perpetuated about Sarah Palin. One of those myths is related to the practice of predator control. It’s a biological fact that wolves reproduce at a much faster rate than the herd animals they prey upon. In Alaska, that means caribou and moose, animals which typically have single births alth0ugh some calves are born in pairs. Wolves, on the other hand have litters of four to six pups. Without predator control as a key element of wildlife management policy, wolves would decimate the herds in short order. In remote areas of Alaska, the impact on native populations who have to count on bountiful numbers of elk and caribou for subsistence, would be disastrous. There are no chain supermarkets or Wal-Mart superstores in the rural parts of the state, and even at the rare mom and pop general store, the price of beef “imported” from the lower 48 is more than most families can afford. More importantly, hunting is part of the culture and has been for countless generations.
One group of people who fail to understand these facts of life in the last American frontier is the animal rights activist community. One of the groups, Defender of Wildlife, has produced and aired television ads with a purely emotional appeal, portraying the wolves as cute, lovable furry little critters. Sarah Palin has long been their poster girl as the focus of evil to animal rights extremists simply because she has maintained the wildlife management policies which have been in place in Alaska before and after Palin was governor. Ashley Judd is their celebrity spokesperson, and her narration of these ads is mostly disingenuous attacks on Sarah Palin. The assault seems to be about more than just wolves however, and may have much to do with the larger leftist agenda. Though she hasn’t been governor for nearly two years now, they are still attacking her as the evil witch of the north who slaughters poor, innocent wolves just for the thrill of it.
Judd and her comrades cannot be at all pleased about Fridays document dump of Palin’s emails., mainly because they shatter the mythological image of a bloodthirsty Sarah Palin, assault rifle in hand, maniacally pursing Alaskan wolves from the skid of a black helicopter, fiendishly laughing as she slaughters the poor creatures. Lefty bloggers have been pushing that one for years. But, according to the liberal Washington Post, the emails prove otherwise:
The governor told her fish and game commissioner in blunt terms that she opposed using state helicopters to hunt wolves and preferred paying private hunters.
“We have to act quickly on this as predators are acting quickly and rural families face ridiculous situation of being forced to import more beef instead of feeding their families our healthy staple of alaskan game. Nonsense. Unacceptable – and not on my watch,” she said.
Her source of information? “Todd interviewed buddies who live out there… Some confirmation that state intervention isn’t first choice w/the locals,” Palin said.”We need to incentivize here,” including providing money for trappers.
Governor Palin did indeed strongly support predator control, and she clearly favored paying hunters a bounty to keep the wolf population in check, but the image of her personally shooting the predators from aircraft has finally been shot down. The emails also show that her motivation for keeping the wolf population at manageable levels was her concern for the welfare of Alaska’s rural families who depend so heavily on caribou and moose, the wolves’ prey, for food and warm clothing.
Another email demonstrates Gov. Palin’s opposition to hunting bears in the McNeil River Bear Sanctuary:
“I am a hunter. I grew up hunting – some of my best memories growing up are of hunting with my dad to help feel (sic) our freezer. I want Alaskans to have access to wildlife…BUT – he’s asking if I support hunting the bears in the sanctuary? No, I don’t… I don’t know any Alaskans who do support hunting the McNeil bears that frequent the viewing area. Many Alaskan and Outside visitors view these animals on the McNeil river, within the sanctuary, and, as my parents have reported back after their viewing trip, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see such beauty on that river.”
Ashley Judd, please pick up the red phone. It’s Defenders of Wildlife on the line, and they’re in panic mode.