Rejection of Wolf Darts Leads to Shooting

Letter to the Editor / Juneau Empire / November 9, 2003

This spring I gave testimony to the Board of Game on behalf of the Denali Advisory Committee. I recommended using helicopters (because of their efficacy) to dart wolves in the McGrath predator control area, then landing and euthanizing the wolves.

I considered this the most humane way; many people have their pets put down this way when they need to.
However, when the use of helicopters is mentioned in wolf suppression, animal rights groups and other people that are against predator control come unglued and very threatening.
They themselves have caused most governors and the Board of Game not to utilize helicopters. Using helicopters and darts eliminates the use of buckshot and the chance of wounding a wolf.
These pro-wolf advocates have no one to blame but themselves for the current method that will be used.

I've lived in Unit 13 for almost 40 years. and have seen the results of not managing predators.

In 1989, Unit 13 had approximately 28,500 moose; now we are close to 7,000 moose. The wolf population has conservatively tripled.

In closing, I've said this before and will say it again: Myself and many other Alaskans do not care much for people that would threaten Alaskans' livelihood. Most people affected by a boycott are usually people that provide services to all Alaskan visitors. To harm these people is unconscionable.
Marty Caress / Chairman, Denali Advisory Committee / Cantwell AK

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