To the Editor:
I am appalled by Mr. Pollock Simon Jr.'s letter written in response to Art Greenwalt's
letter concerning wolf hunting. I think he may have taken Mr. Greenwalt's letter
the wrong way.
The way I read it, Mr. Greenwalt seemed to be condemning Ralph Seekins and the
predator control program he supports; not the lifestyles of all outdoorsmen.
To help Mr. Simon Jr. out, the word convoluted means "1. Having numerous overlapping
coils or folds. 2. Intricate; complicated."
some people need to realize is that wolves and bears
are not the only forces knocking the moose population
Are we to expect that the moose population would skyrocket if all wolves and
bears were taken out of the picture? Food can be hard for moose to find, especially
in cold winters, so perhaps we should send them care packages. The wolves are
doing what they need to survive, and the moose will do what they need to survive.
Now, some of you are screaming that wolves will sometimes kill more than they
need. That food is not wasted. The carrion benefits animals that we, as Alaskans,
seem to be proud of, such as foxes, ravens, bears and eagles. We aren't meant
to control the environment, despite what many of us think. Before humans interfered,
the animals were working things out on their own.
I don't think that Mr. Greenwalt was making an attack on the Alaska Native
way of life. He said nothing about the Native people misusing any resources.
Again, I think it comes back to what the letter was mainly commenting on: Ralph
Seekins and the predator control program. Why wasn't Mr. Simon Jr.'s letter
dedicated to giving the pros of the program, instead of telling others that
their beliefs are wrong?
Finally, Mr. Simon Jr. also said, "In every good man, there's a good wolf trapper
fighting to get out." Does this mean that if there isn't a "good wolf trapper" fighting
to get out of someone, he/she is a bad person? Mr. Simon Jr., don't include the
entire population of Earth in your personal opinion.
Laurel Gangloff and Tanis Bourque / Fairbanks