Ravenous Wolves Destroy Caribou Herds, and They Don't Buy Licenses

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / February 10, 2004

I remember when there were enough caribou in Unit 13 to go around. I was 4 years old the first time my dad took me hunting off the Denali Highway. The Tangle Lakes area became our fall family stomping grounds. Mom would pick berries, and my brother and I would chase grouse and ptarmigan with a .22 (rarely connecting, but it was still exciting) while Dad would ride off across the tundra looking for our winter meat supply.

I looked forward to the day when I would be old enough to bag a caribou in this same area -- a place you don't need a bank loan to access. Now that I'm 16, I find it impossible to get a Tier II permit because the ravenous, caribou-slaying wolves have decimated the herd. I applaud Fish and Game for their plan to control the growing wolf population in this area.

With all the crying about "equality," I think between me and a wolf, I should be given an equal chance to hunt. The money and taxes I spend on my hunting license and gear go toward conservation, while my furred competitors get to hunt year round, with no bag limit and without even buying a license. I thought humans were supposed to subdue the earth, but what do I know, I'm just a kid.

-- Nathan Unfreid / Palmer

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