Game Board Heightens Slaughter in State that
is a Hellhole for Wolves

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / November 15, 2003

The Alaska Board of Game's recent authorization of aerial wolf hunting is merely the sanctioning of heightened slaughter in a state that is already a hellhole for wolves. It is a return to the senseless, barbaric practices begun prior to statehood, practices that have continued in one form or another until the present day.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Harvest Summary, more than 7,000 wolves were killed between 1996 and 2001. The toll was possibly twice that number if unreported harvests are accounted for. Hunting and trapping efforts have killed nearly 7,500 wolves in the past five years.

Under the auspices of "active game management" and "bringing predator-prey relationships into balance," land-and-shoot, or just shoot, is actually a thinly veiled offering to mollify hunters worried about wolves taking "their" prey. Wolves, in fact, are successful in their hunts only about three percent of the time. That is because they hunt fairly, with natural purpose, helping to control the delicate balance of nature by removing the sick, weak, old and inferior members of their prey species. Wolves strengthen their prey's gene pool; they don't annihilate it. The same cannot be said of man, who is a different kind of hunter, an unnatural one, a hunter without sufficient cause. Nature would be much better off if man just stayed at home.

-- Vivian Singer-Ferris, Executive Director / Kerwood Wolf Education Centre Inc. / Ontario, Canada

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