Alaska isn't a Game Farm;
Game Board Should Leave Wolves Alone

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / November 5, 2003

The Alaska Board of Game's proposal to allow aerial shooting of wolves as a form of predator control reveals its arrogant politicization of biology. Research has proven that wolves are not responsible for the "dearth" of moose in the McGrath area. And, even if they were, shooting wolves down from planes is simply inhumane and unacceptable.

The Board of Game needs to come to grips with the greater problem in our state: too many people for limited wildlife resources. The people in McGrath (or anywhere else in Alaska) simply have no right to expect that the Department of Fish and Game can manipulate animal populations so they can all live off a landscape that cannot naturally support the number of moose (or any other species) for the number of people living in their midst. We need to stop turning Alaska's natural diversity into a game farm.

The majority of educated humans in the Western world believe wildlife is worthy of protecting in its own right. Yes, most of us prefer bears and wolves and caribou and moose in our wildlands. The world will be judging if Alaska reverts to this brutal practice. As a wilderness tour operator, I will be happy to steer potential tourists from Alaska to regions that covet and protect watchable wildlife and their habitat.

-- Karen Jettmar / Anchorage

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