Letters / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / February 28, 2005
To the editor:
After reading the piece on the trapper catching a legal wolf in a legal trapping area, I was wondering why the "sky is falling" when a trapper catches a wolf outside of Denali Park and its protective wolf "buffer zone."
As a many-decade year-round resident near the southeast corner of Denali Park and having been involved in game management for over 25 years, including sitting on the first six-person buffer zone committee, I am keenly aware that wolves die inside the park each year.
In fact, the highest mortality inflicted upon wolves is wolves killing each other, frequently in a cannibalistic way. Yet those wolf deaths are never "serious losses." I guess those wolves don't fit in the anti-hunting/trapping agenda. They don't have the sensationalism to entice a monetary donation from the uninformed tourist.
In the article, it was said that "dozens of people received a special thrill as they saw the pack kill a caribou." I assume these were tourists. Am I supposed to feel good about their "thrill" watching a caribou probably get hamstrung, gutted and more than likely its genitals ripped off before it died? Or am I supposed to feel sorry for the dead wolf? Am I supposed to feel "protective" of the wolves so Denali Park can keep its visitors entertained? I think some of these people are sick, sick, sick!
Vic Van Ballenberghe said, "It's (Denali Park, I assume) one of the few places in the world where you actually stand a good chance of seeing a wild wolf." I say it's one of the few places you can sit on your butt and stand a good chance of seeing a "habituated" wolf. Wolves from the Denali area have been caught near the west coast of Alaska and near the Brooks range also. Want to guess how big these pro-buffer zone people really want the buffer zone to be?
Marty Caress / Cantwell
(Back to Current Events 0305)
Wolf Song of Alaska, P.O. Box 770950, Eagle River, Alaska 99577-0950
© Copyright 2004
Wolf Song of Alaska.
The Wolf Song of Alaska
Logo, and Web Site Text is copyrighted, registered,
and protected, and cannot be used without permission.
Web design and artwork donated by She-Wolf Works and Alaskan artist Maria Talasz
All rights reserved