Not Solution to the Wolf Problem
Letters to the Editor / Juneau Empire / November 23, 2003
Perhaps I missed something concerning this predator control issue.
I thought that the accepted reason for human superiority over other life forms
on this planet is that we have the benefit of greater intelligence to confront
our problems, rather than resort to convulsive killing.
As the self-proclaimed top of the food chain as omnivores, we naturally give
our subsistence needs priority over any other life form. We have the power to
enforce this priority as we choose. Why are we choosing labor and machine intensive
methods to reduce competition for available moose?
These methods have proven to be historically inadequate to effectively solve
encroachments by other species. In other words, why continue to use methods that
aren't result orientated?
Can anyone explain why the state hasn't invested some money in exercising brain
power to find a more effective method?
What about a chemical reproductive blocker for wolves and bears, sort of a permanent
contraceptive for these animals? Last I heard, Alaskan wolf and bear populations
haven't converted to Catholicism and thus plea protection from God for unlimited
I am offended by solutions that require wasteful repetition and expense to employ.
Stuart Thompson / Auke Bay
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