Restoring Natural Balance Idea is Baloney;
to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 25, 2003
response to Bob Orabona of Friends of Animals who said, "The
natural balance between predator and prey that once existed
in Alaska should be restored, but it won't be done by
'game managers' using airplanes and guns. It will either
occur naturally or not at all."
I have seen the lack of game management and tend to disagree wholeheartedly with
this statement. Intelligent game management is inevitable simply due to the fact
that humans also reside on this planet.
does Bob want us to do? Maybe humans could disappear
from the Earth entirely and then nature would go back
to being balanced. Would that make him happy?
case in point is the spruce bark beetle population. An aggressive little bug
from the Asian seaboard, not indigenous to Alaska, the environmentalists would
have no part of controlling them and enforced their illogical logic on the
rest of us. Now there is so much fire potential in Alaska
that all of Hillside is threatened by it. Fires have
already occurred on the Kenai and the beetle populations
have moved into the interior of Alaska all of the way to the Yukon Territory.
didn't we just harvest that wood before the bugs did
and use it for something beneficial?
is just plain, flat irresponsible.
-- Tony Cox / Palmer
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