Wildlife group, Ashley Judd take aim at Gov. Palin

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Actress Ashley Judd is helping an animal rights group take on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and a program that allows killing wolves and bears from airplanes.

Palin is one of the hunting program's chief supporters and says it's scientifically based. She calls it an important tool to sustain moose and caribou populations for Alaska subsistence hunters.

Judd appears in a new Internet video for Defenders of Wildlife, saying "It's time to stop Sarah Palin and stop this senseless savagery."

In Alaska, private citizens are permitted to shoot wolves from the air or conduct land-and-shoot hunting of wolves in rural areas.

Palin says it's "reprehensible and hypocritical" that the group would use the state and her administration as a fundraising tool.

Judd had campaigned for President Barack Obama.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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