Animals that are Alaska's Biggest Selling Point are
Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / February
While most Alaskans turn their heads and shrug
their shoulders, the animals that set our state apart from
those of the Lower 48 are being eradicated under our noses.
By now, it should be apparent that bears, as well as wolves,
are important to this state's economy. Without an abundance
of these magnificent species, many tourists may otherwise
go elsewhere. On nearly every postcard and in nearly every
ad, one can find that bears, as well as wolves, are the biggest
selling point that Alaska has.
Thus, I find it highly ironic that Sen. Ralph Seekins is living a century behind
his time. Predator control without clear scientific basis is illogical and unethical,
period. To destroy predators for hunting the very animals they have evolved to
kill is ignorant and unintelligent, especially without scientifically proven
reason. Furthermore, grizzly/brown bears have an extremely low birthrate. To
practically decimate a population would be very dangerous and foolish. If their
mortality rate becomes higher than their birthrate, which is not a concern without
merit, a bigger problem than a lower yearly moose harvest may transpire.
Lack of attention by the residents of Alaska is no excuse for the abolition of
Alaska's heritage and wealth.
-- Justin R. Gibson / Anchorage
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