Humans, Not Wolves, are Predators Who Hunt Species into
Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 28, 2003
is in response to Bruce Brown's letter ("What's Alaska Wildlife Alliance's
solution to the wolf problem?" Dec. 16). In it, he refers
to Scott Moran's letter "Sparing the lives of 40 wild animals
would save big bucks, reputation" (Dec. 15) and commented, "Scott
seems to believe the individuals running the state are ignorant
madmen." Well, Scott wouldn't be far off. Reference Jeff
Schively's letter ("Study other states' mistakes before enacting
wolf control" Dec. 16) and realize that our "leaders" are
making the same mistakes. Nothing about killing wolves in
Alaska is really about people starving in McGrath. I haven't
heard anyone ask for alternatives to the "lack of food" in
McGrath. This issue is simply about eliminating wolves. Check
the facts. The only species responsible for hunting another
species into extinction is man. Wolves and moose keep the
balance of nature; it's only man who is destroying it.
The board focuses on calves that are killed. It's at least as important to moose
survival that bulls survive to produce calves. It's not the wolves that are killing
the largest, healthiest bulls! Do Alaskans realize that 1,700 wolves are already
killed every year in Alaska? Wolves don't produce enough offspring to continue
to survive even that onslaught, let alone aerial hunting.
Wake up Alaska! It's time to be smart and learn from the mistakes of the rest
of the world, not simply repeat them.
-- Becky Breeding / Chugiak
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