To the Editor:
living on the land and waters in the Interior of Alaska all
my life, I find it very disturbing that the Wildlife Alliance
and other out-of-state groups have a say that adversely affects
my way of living in the Interior.
can see the benefits of having tourists viewing wildlife for
their pleasure, but that's all they see or would want to see:
a utopian environment. This dreamland where these wildlife
huggers can see only what they want to and not view the picture
as a whole life cycle of the wolf and the animals it preys
upon. To understand how the wolf really is, you have to put
yourself in the wolf's world, not in a world that's full of
imagination and try to change a way of life of people and
animals based on myths.
lone wolf will prey upon small animals and even dogs on a
chain in villages. Two wolves will take on bigger game such
as moose. They do this by biting the hind legs. This is called
hamstringing the moose. When this happens, the moose cannot
run away or defend itself, because of the pain and infection
in its hind leg. Now I don't think the wildlife huggers would
want to see this.
pack of wolves would just tear the moose up and eat it alive.
Would the wildlife huggers want to see that? The point is,
there are too many wolves and their food is disappearing,
and this is happening before my eyes. From my grandpa's time,
when there was too many wolves, he would kill them to have
the other animals around for a balanced environment. When
the wildlife gets out of balance, a species dies off. This
is what is happening to the moose. A pack of five wolves or
more eat more than five moose a month. Picture that.
support what the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the
governor are doing for the McGrath moose population, and hopefully
they would expand their operation to this area.
-- Gerald Nicholia / Tanana