Wolves Got Overly Politicized;
Bush Dwellers Need Moose Meat

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 8, 2003

The picture on the back page with "No one budges at wolf debate" (Dec. 4) reminds me of the fable of six blindfolded men describing a wolf based on touch. Depending whether they felt the legs, body, ears or teeth, their conclusions about the nature of the beast were totally different. The same problem afflicts anyone trying to describe the wolf's place in today's Alaska.

After operating a lodge near McGrath for 25 years, I learned that passions about wolves are more easily acquired than knowledge. Regardless of what you hear or read, wolves in Alaska are not an endangered species. Many thousand well-protected wolves live in Alaska, and every year many hundred hungry pups are born. Wolves have become the most political animal in America. For some, it as a meal ticket; for others, an obsession. For still others, a pawn in a larger game.

Why, you might ask, would anyone want to have fewer wolves? If you live in rural Alaska and your winter meat supply is not available any longer, you would not ask the question.

-- Eberhard Brunner / Wildlife Photography / Anchorage


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