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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