Letters to the Editor / Fairbanks Daily-News Miner / March
To the Editor:
It seems like a lesson in futility to disagree with the Department of Fish and
Games policies. For the more than 35 years I've lived here, I've learned to keep
a lot of opinions to myself since killing wolves to keep more moose around has
been a big topic forever, and being labeled an environmentalist is akin to being
labeled a member of the Ku Klux Klan Outside. However, I've discovered that numerous
Alaskans agree with me that the Department of Fish and Game and the state of
Alaska's handling of wildlife is sometimes shortsighted, cruel and needless
I'd like to urge the members who are holding out for more scientific information
on which to base their decisions to hold firm. There are many, many Alaskans
who don't like the decisions Fish and Game is making. The one-sided interpretation
of managing wildlife is something that I believe can be transformed when people
open their minds to other views.
I have had discussions with many hunters, and most concede they don't think killing
the wolves is right. The term "right" is important. It is not "right" to beat
your dog, it is not "right" to beat another human and it is not "right" to wipe
out a species for your own convenience.
Sometimes no management is good management. How about nature being allowed to
straighten itself out for a few years without human intervention? A balance is
not what the hunter-oriented Fish and Game appears to really want. Instead, they
want to have nothing but themselves left to kill moose. The simplest way to handle
this would be to have a moratorium on hunting except for economic need. Sports
hunters, however, are a powerful group, most claiming they need the moose meat
although they spend more money on their hunting trip, including time off work,
than they could save at the store.
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