Growing Population, Not Wolves,
is to Blame for Fewer Moose


Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / April 12, 2003

 

When I arrived in Anchorage in the summer of 1963 I read in the Anchorage phone book, which contained 157 pages, that there were approximately 50,000 people living in the Anchorage Bowl. For the next several years you could drive up the Glenn to the Eureka area and harvest three caribou if you needed or wanted that many. There were few hunters, and four wheelers and snow machines were nonexistent. The gravel pits didn't look like a mall parking lot.

You could go to the Valley on the weekend and be pretty sure of getting your moose. If you wanted to go camping and hunting on the Denali Highway you might only see several cars in several days. You never saw a $60,000 motor home driving slowly down the road with a "subsistence" hunter sitting on top looking for a caribou. My latest phone book indicates there are more than 260,000 people living in Anchorage.

The Game Board in all its infinite wisdom and tunnel vision insists it's the four-legged predators to blame because there are no moose. I don't think it takes a degree in game management to see that just maybe people have something to do with the decrease of the moose population.

-- Clarence R. Milster / Eagle River


 
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