Legislature, Board of Game Refuse
to Listen to Voters on Wolf Control

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / April 10, 2003


Alaskans have voiced their opinion at the ballot box time and time again that wolf control is an issue taken very seriously in this state and that unfair tactics like land-and-shoot and airborne hunting are most definitely not OK.

Now Sen. Ralph Seekins, R-Fairbanks, is hoping the third time is a charm with Senate Bill 155, which makes it easier for the state to use aircraft to hunt wolves for scientific control of moose and caribou populations.

Hunting wolves to increase numbers of a single species is not sound science, and airborne hunting is not fair sport. The Legislature and Board of Game should stop wasting their time trying to slide by legislation not supported by the public and spend more energy looking at ungulate populations, habitat and other methods of increasing numbers for hunters that don't aim to unnecessarily reduce the number of Alaska wolves.

-- Katy Coelho / Anchorage

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