"Urban nuisance moose may get a plane ticket to the Bush"
(April 26): First, we're killing off wolves and bears so we
can shoot calf moose. Now we're stocking moose like we do pheasants.
But moose can't be raised on game farms so we need to declare
them nuisances in Anchorage, drug them with narcotics and move
them hundreds of miles away to strange places. There they will
compete with resident moose while trying to survive without
knowing where to eat, how to avoid predators or where to migrate.
This ill-conceived scheme is the latest to emerge from the predator
control crowd, long known for plans based on poor science and
unproven conservation principles.
Anchorage residents really want a private group patrolling neighborhoods
with dart guns, coming onto private property to capture and
kill moose? They want to remove 250 moose each year, claiming
this will reduce problems. In my neighborhood there are moose
all winter. People here know how to avoid problems, and Fish
and Game can readily solve any problems that might occur. We
think the Moose Federation is a nuisance and they should be
taken out of Anchorage. Maybe that would bring some sanity and
respect back to managing moose in a town where most people enjoy
having moose around and oppose crazy schemes to remove them.
Vic Van Ballenberghe / Anchorage