dressed like activists are knocking on Alaska's tourism door.
Ketchikan another type of wolf is killing dogs.
McGrath they are killing moose.
kill whatever necessary for food. Wolves are wild animals.
They are cute and cuddly looking. But there's nothing pleasant
about them when they are ripping the hide of a dog or a moose,
or whatever food is available. Wolves are killers; that's
their way of life. They kill to eat.
rights activists fail to portray that. They take a wolf-dog
hybrid and parade it around the country, asking all who will
listen whether they want the animal and others like it killed
in Alaska. Of course, the people say ''no.'' Who wouldn't?
Here's a lone, furry, pet-looking creature that appears scared
among throngs of people trying to get a glimpse of it. No
one would want to harm a frightened ''puppy dog.''
put a pack of hungry wolves in a situation like that, and
those activists wouldn't be able to get away fast enough.
activists are threatening Alaska again. Specifically, they
promise to discourage travelers from throughout the nation
from visiting Alaska next tourist season if the state proceeds
with a wolf control plan. The plan calls for killing about
40 wolves. The plan is aimed at controlling a wolf population
that depletes the food supply in the remote reaches of Interior
Alaska. The Natives living there are 300 miles away from the
closest supermarket and have no road access to their community.
They depend on moose in order to eat.
the activists' portrayal of the state of Alaska as the bad
guy, state officials began the program last spring by first
relocating about 83 bears. The result was an increase in the
moose population. Destroying some wolves, certainly not close
to all, is the next step. Wolves multiply like puppies, (or
is it rabbits?) and aren't an endangered species.
Ketchikan at this time the only threatened species is neighborhood
dogs. Wolves killed at least two dogs and seriously injured
three others in the past week. These dogs were in the vicinity
of their residential yards and driveways. Last spring wolves
killed four Ketchikan dogs.
activists tell only the part of the story that will serve
their cause. And a cause it is. It gives them the publicity
they seek; it encourages donors to dig deeper in their pockets
to save ''the puppy.'' In a short time, their coffers are
activists take the same approach , telling a story regardless
of whether it's the whole story. In a recent article about
the Tongass National Forest, extreme environmentalists screamed
about supposed fraud in regard to timber. The story despaired
of ''huge rafts of logs worth millions of dollars routinely
(disappearing) while they were being floated down Alaskan
rivers in the early 1990s. ...''
timber industry doesn't float logs down Alaska rivers; just
ask anyone who has ever lived in Alaska. But it sounds good
for the faraway population unfamiliar with Alaska and its
timber industry. That's the population that opposes harvest
but fails to acknowledge trees had to be chopped down in order
to supply wood for their homes.
an activist for everything. But where are the activists for
the moose? Shouldn't they be protesting the moose dying violently
at the jaws of wolves? Apparently, moose just aren't cute
enough to pull on the heart strings of animal activists. Their
long snouts aren't worth millions of dollars in donations.
appear to specialize in tall tales. Sometimes it's inaccurate
statements about the timber industry. Other times it's misrepresenting
a state's animal management practices.
Frank Murkowski shouldn't succumb to such story telling. Let
the activists and their sympathizers send postcards pressuring
him to cancel the wolf control plan. He can write back, telling
the senders the rest of the story, the story of responsible
management of Alaska's natural resources, and encourage prospective
Alaska tourists to avoid letting misrepresentations of this
great state ruin their vacation plans.
the governor and the tourists should follow through with their
plans, whether for wolf control or a vacation of a lifetime.
Ketchikan Daily News / December 13, 2003