To the Editor:
let me get this straight, there is a shortage of moose, so
the hunters want to make it legal to kill calves and cows,
along with the bulls. The hunting and trapping board met to
legalize killing the wolves because the wolves are killing
most of the moose. Now the hunting and trapping board is meeting
to legalize killing the bears, because they say the bears
are killing most of the moose. Although the hunters had always
believed this, it was not brought up when they wanted to legalize
killing the wolves.
are not enough moose for the subsistence hunter with the $7,000
snowmachines / ATVs, $30,000 trucks, $5,000 trailers, $600
rifles, $200 scopes along with other hunting equipment. Regarding
the wolves, this would include the $50,000-$100,000 airplane
and cost of the pilot, gas, etc. As this is not the true definition
of subsistence hunting, I would suggest using the money to
buy meat from Delta Junction. It would be an economic benefit
to the Delta community.
is so much on predator control, and yet the biggest predator
of all and cause of numerous shortages is never put forth.
These predators do it for the fun (sport). They are not a
part of nature balancing itself. They in fact create the imbalance.
Also affected by the decisions of the board are the smaller
carnivores that feed on the remains of the carcasses of these
animals. These predators waste more than they use of the animal
killed because they do not need the kill.
time is spent in the modern world. They work to buy what they
need and enjoy all of the modern conveniences. The hunt is
are far more human predators in the world than animal. Why
not enlist a hunt on this predator? All other predators would
become the hunted in an effort to balance the different herd
population. It only makes sense the predator that takes the
most should be a part of this equation, guaranteeing them
the continuation of having the thrill of the kill.
-- Carol A. Buffington / Fairbanks