Animal Rights Extremists are off Track; Let Biologists
Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 13, 2003
I agree with
Mr. Budzynski ("If you lived in Bush, you'd know that wolves kill
moose and waste meat," Dec. 10) regarding the wolf/moose controversy.
I grew up in northern Minnesota where we had moose, deer, black bear, wolves
and many other critters in our back yard. Many times our family witnessed moose
and deer kills by wolf packs, and many of these kills were never eaten by the
wolves. It is their nature to hunt and kill whether they are hungry or not.
If the wolves around McGrath are allowed to decimate the moose population, then
there will be no future herds to feed them or humans, and the wolves will become
sick and die. The game biologists have studied for many years to learn about
all of the different species of animals that they manage. I know the animal rights
extremists mean well, but they do not know the particulars of the species and
are basing their actions on hearsay and rumors. They don't even realize that,
by interfering, they are doing the animals more harm than good. Let the biologists
do the job that they are trained and certified to do.
-- Jan Foldenauer / Wasilla
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