Brown ("What's Alaska Wildlife Alliance's solution to
the wolf problem?" Dec. 16) claims it's true that the
McGrath area moose population is depressed.
fact, the population of 3,655 moose is not depressed and now
exceeds the goal of 3,000 to 3,500 set by a planning team
two years ago. McGrath residents on the team, the Department
of Fish and Game and the Game Board endorsed this goal. They
also endorsed the finding that if wolf control was implemented
it would cease when moose numbers reached 3,000.
then, did the Game Board recently approve total wolf elimination
in 1,700 square miles near McGrath? Despite claims that the
program is based on sound science, that moose numbers must
be "rebuilt" and that moose are scarce, nothing
could be further from the truth.
Game Board acted solely on the basis of power politics. When
this board was appointed by Gov. Frank Murkowski, we all knew
that its main agenda would be widespread wolf control, whether
or not sound science was involved. Despite the fact that most
Alaskans oppose aerial wolf hunting, elimination of wolves
and controversial wildlife management that will affect our
economy, the board fulfilled its promise. But the worst is
yet to come as the board spreads its anti-conservation agenda
to the rest of the state.
Van Ballenberghe / Former Game Board Member / Anchorage