am absolutely outraged; 30 wolves have been killed in the
state's efforts to curb "over-predation" of moose
and caribou in two areas of Alaska. Over 100 more are likely
to be shot by gunmen using airplanes and snowmachines.
efforts are under way to recall the governor, nearly 60 nationwide
protests against the wolf killings have been held, and many
of Murkowski's own constituents have publicly voiced their
opposition to this brass form of predator control. Yet he
still turns a deaf ear to the growing opposition.
I had faith that the governor would respect the voice of Alaska
voters and rescind his decision to kill wolves before blood
was shed. Sadly, I was mistaken. Does Murkowski hold a personal
grudge against wolves? Does he hold a personal grudge against
Alaskans? Most politicians hope to leave behind a legacy after
leaving office. Well, it's apparent that the governor's "legacy"
will be tainted with the blood of wolves, the ire of Alaska
voters and besieged with stubbornness.
or not the governor is run out of the office early or maintains
his position for full term, his poor decision to promote killing
wolves not only blemishes the state's status as a national
treasure, but more importantly damages the natural cycle of
predator-prey relationships within its primeval forests.
Jeff Schively / Girdwood