Writer Critical of Predator Control Should Have Done Her Homework

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / April 1, 2004

I don't know how long Mary Ann Woodward has lived in Alaska or how much research time she spent before writing her letter implying that baby moose will be hunted around McGrath, but my guess the answer to both is, not very long ("Slaughtering wolves, baiting bears, killing moose calves defies logic," March 28).

The area where the proposed moose calf hunt is not near McGrath. And yes, it is true that bears and wolves eat moose, lots of them, in areas such as McGrath and Unit 13. I am not in favor of hunting moose calves myself. I would much rather see them relocated to Unit 13; maybe it would speed the recovery of our much diminished moose herd. The Alaska Moose Federation has recommended something like this, but on a much broader scale.

I hope Fish and Game sees relocating moose as a productive venture. This is how the Cordova moose herd originated, and that was about 50 years ago. Please, let's all do our homework before writing our letters.

-- Marty Caress / Cantwell

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