good to hear Gov. Frank Murkowski again stating his support
for the aerial wolf control program that is sorely needed near
McGrath. The governor said last week that the state will not
give in to a threatened boycott of the state's important tourism
industry by the Outside group Friends of Animals.
The governor said that ''we are not deviating from that.''
That's a sentiment that must be kept up and carried by others
if the boycott materializes, and it's a safe bet it will. Friends
of Animals, from which Alaskans hear little or nothing unless
wolves are involved, organized a boycott a decade ago that led
Gov. Walter Hickel to suspend the state's wolf control plans.
Outsiders too often view Alaska as the place in which to make
up for failures in the Lower 48. Alaska, to them, is a conscience-cleanser.
The needs of the state's residents, in the present case, the
people of McGrath, become subordinate to the desire to feel
Wolves are not endangered nor threatened in Alaska. Yes, they
are fine animals to look at and have pelts that make wonderfully
warm hats and that provide ruffs and trim for parkas and coats.
But to many people, wolves are a pest, killing off moose in
numbers that prevent an adequate harvest of meat for human consumption.
Friends of Animals, on its Web site, urges people to contact
the governor and tell him they will stay away from Alaska until
the wolf control program is canceled.
Alaskans should contact the governor, too, though with a different
message: Don't listen to Outsiders who flit into the state's
business and have only their own interests at heart.
Write the governor at this address: P.O. Box 110001, Juneau,
AK 99811, call his office at 465-3500 or fax his office at 465-3532.