Wolves Maintain Moose Numbers; Let's Shoot Hunters, not Wolves

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / November 9, 2003

I support the idea of maintaining a healthy population of game animals. In order to ensure a growth in the moose population in Alaska, some not very bright people have decided to hunt wolves from airplanes. That doesn't make sense. Wolves hunt for survival -- for food only. Wolves are smart, they hunt the animals that are easiest to catch -- the sick and the weak. Wolves help to maintain a healthy moose population by weeding out weak animals from the productive gene pool.

Human hunters on the other hand are after the big, healthy animals. Human hunters are detrimental to the long-term health of game animal populations by removing the best breeding genes from the gene pool. To build a healthy population of moose, we should consider an aerial shoot of the hunters -- not wolves.
-- Linda Wilson / Sitka

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