Opinion / Letter to the Editor / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / January
To the Editor:
As an Alaska resident for 43 years, I would never try to tell the people of Darien,
Conn., (headquarters for Priscilla Feral's Friends of Animals) the most efficient
way to spay or neuter their stray cats, although I have what I feel are some
excellent ideas on the subject. It's really none of my business.
I do feel bad for the local businesses affected by the economic loss of a potential
boycott. The Salvation Army will no doubt be missing out on the 30 bucks or so
that the backpacking eco-tourists, who may actually join in the boycott, spend
in their stores gearing up.
Darn ... and right as the state's economy was gaining momentum. The other 99
percent of the tourists that fly up and visit Alaska don't much care about all
this nonsense. Seeing a large, "mad cow-free" moose from their bus window is
one of the main reasons they come here. Smart, aggressive predator management
will increase the chances of that, and more importantly, for Alaskans, the result
will be a much better chance each fall of filling our freezers.
My idea is for a "wolf derby." The state of Alaska could set aside, for example,
$200,000 to be divided into 10 $20,000 Alaska Department of Fish and Game-tagged
These funds could be offered to hunters and trappers in local villages who successfully
take a special tagged wolf. I have asked the opinion of several of my friends
from communities around the Interior about this, and they like it. Those that
I've spoken with that already take wolves have said that they would definitely
spend some additional time hunting and trapping wolves if they felt that there
was a wolf roaming around in their area that might help them pay off the family
bills in a hurry.
I'm certain Ms. Feral and her extremist group would be adamantly opposed to my
wolf derby idea. If I'm right about that, then how come I've never seen her on
the dock in VaIdez protesting the silver salmon derby. Maybe she just doesn't
Craig Compeau / Fairbanks
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