Rebutting Wolf Letters
Daily News-Miner / Opinion / November 9, 2003
To the Editor:
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?
Chairman / Denali Advisory
Committee / Cantwell AK
Wolf Song of Alaska, P.O. Box 671670, Chugiak, Alaska 99567-1670