am a member of the Canadian Firearms Association. I, along
with many of the Canadian hunters, are rightfully disturbed
by the aerial wolf killings introduced through Governor Murkowski's
archaic and cruel wolf policies. Now, though, I am are not
surprised we find out the senseless killings may not end there.
They possibly may be extended once again.
time it may include wiping out every wolf on Douglas Island.
The understanding, or so they say, is this will enable the
deer to survive. How dramatic. I see it, as does the rest
of the world, as a giant venison game ranch. How anthropocentric.
residents of the island say the wolves will kill the island
deer first and then they die or move off. Off how, and since
when do wolves wipe out their primary food source?
There is no science here, so let's talk about science. Isle
Royale, the world longest predator/prey study ever done, is
now in its 45th year of research. The study encompasses the
effort to understand the relationship between wolves and moose.
was proven on this isolated and remote Island that both animals
fluctuated greatly in numbers but neither was ever wiped out
by the other. One consideration is that this study was done
without human disturbance or number manipulation through wildlife
management, with the exception of researchers accidentally
introducing canine parvo virus, which almost did wipe out
the wolves alone and do not manipulate the deer in accordance
to human understandings. Wolves always have and always will
possess the capacity for self-management. Perhaps there is
something in this we as humans can all learn from.
Ellie Archer / Calgary, Alberta