If Wolf Population Goes Unchecked,
Decline in Moose Goes Unchecked
Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 22, 2003
would like to answer the letters, written by Roger Davis,
"Wolves are not the enemy, but Texas-style ranch hunting
is" (Dec. 15) and Scott Morgan "Sparing the lives
of 40 wild animals would save big bucks, reputation"
indigenous peoples of the Interior had ways of dealing with
wolves in the past. Every five or six years, as the wolf population
got too large, hunters would go out in the spring and den
the wolf pups. This kept the population in check and allowed
for a balance between the wolves and the prey population.
We can no longer den wolf pups, so some other measures must
very efficient method is aerial hunting. As for the tourism
industry, it is of very little help in rural areas. They have
their own gift shops, have their clients eat in their restaurants,
bring their own higher paid positions with them, a large number
only operate during the summer months and close in the fall.
Most local positions offered are low pay and hard work. A
large amount of the money ends up outside the state. If it
wasn't for the large contributions, high income and chance
to travel, how many individuals would actually be involved
in these activities to "save the wolves?" I have
lived and hunted in Alaska for over forty years and have seen
the damage caused by an overpopulation of wolves. They do
kill healthy adult animals.
Miller / Dot Lake
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