Fish and Game Commissioner Withholds Full Picture of Wolf Control

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News /March 28, 2004

In response to "Learn the true facts of wolf control" (March 20), Fish and Game Commissioner Kevin Duffy accuses people of providing misinformation on wolf control programs in the state. Yet Duffy is truly the guilty party by not providing the public with the full picture.

Duffy claims that wolf control is only occurring in a small area of Alaska, but he fails to reveal that the Board of Game recently tripled the area for wolf control programs, and it now equals more than 30,000 square miles of Alaska. He also doesn't say that these control programs will last at least four years and result in the deaths of hundreds of wolves. He indicates that the control programs do not seek to "eliminate wolves," yet the McGrath program calls for the complete extermination of every wolf in a 3,500-square-mile area.

What's really going on here?

-- Karen Deatherage / Defenders of Wildlife / Anchorage

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