Rebutting Wolf Letters

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / Opinion / November 9, 2003

To the Editor:

I would like to make a few comments regarding the Nov. 8 letters, "Bad wolf decision" and "Opposes wolf control." I was wondering if Mr. Greenwalt pursued moving the capital after it was voted on twice. Did he write letters to the newspaper asking people to call the governor or their representatives? Maybe that issue should be pursued first, since it was voted on prior to aerial shooting. He says the Board of Game allows snowmachiners to run down wolves to exhaustion. Is this true or is it more misinformation being fed to the public? If he can back up what he says, he has a responsibility to notify the authorities, otherwise he is violating the law.

Mr. Thomas Classen needs to do his homework. The BOG is not proposing to kill all the wolves in the McGrath/Nelchina areas as he stated, more misinformation! His statement "The fact is that the McGrath people have about shot themselves out of business ..." is not a fact. Predators killed the most moose as viewed this past summer while hunting season was closed.

One thing wolf advocates do when they want to protect wolves is cry "poor habitat" for moose. The habitat around McGrath is not poor habitat, quite the contrary. He says anything goes in this killing effort, including choppers. Wrong again, Mr. Classen. Choppers are not being used.

He is right about CNN wrongfully reporting 15,000 wolves in Alaska. They still number around 7,000 to 8,000. At these numbers, wolves are still at a historically high abundance.

He quotes Bob Weeden as saying "the land that can produce a wolf is a healthy, robust and perfect land." Well, between 1965 and 1975, the wolf was considered extirpated in Wisconsin (Thiel 1978), by 1980 five wolf packs were found in Wisconsin. In 1999 the wolf population was 197 to 203 wolves.

So maybe Wisconsin wasn't perfect for 15 years, but Wisconsin has been perfect since 1980. According to Bob Weeden's quote, Wisconsin should have been "perfect" for the past 23 years, so why all the sick deer?

Martin Caress

Chairman / Denali Advisory Committee / Cantwell AK



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