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Vermonters Do Hunt and Trap, But State also Values Intelligent Thought

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / March 18, 2005

I received a lot of feedback for my latest letter about moving to Vermont ("Man who saved wildlife from traps could move from hunting lifestyle," Feb. 14). Most people were glad I left and felt my arguments were unjustified. As I continue to read the Daily News, I wonder if those people are lying to themselves or are just plain ignorant.

The TV news story about the pile of headless, skinned predator carcasses seemed to be the result of a "stupid mentality." An illegal trap in Indian that killed a family dog also seems like a stupid mentality. The alpha Toklat wolf, the grizzly in the abandoned restaurant, the bear refuge hunting fight. ... When will Alaskans wake up?

And about my relocation to Vermont. I know people trap here. I know people hunt here. Unfortunately, stupid mentalities are not limited to just one place. However, it will be a cold day before someone discovers a pile of beheaded corpses on the side of the road, a dog gets killed from a trap or a sacred species is allowed to be decimated for a few bucks.

Most people in Vermont appreciate wildlife alive. When was the last time you heard of someone being killed from an illegal photograph?

Wake up, Alaska! It's the 21st century, and it's time you join modern human thought!

Scott Moran / Burlington Vt.
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