Harvesting Moose More Reasonable Choice Than
Flying Critters to Bush
to the Editor /
Anchorage Daily News
/ May 3, 2004
I would love to get a free plane ticket to the Bush! Why
should Anchorage born and fed moose get a free ride? If
the qualifications for this free ticket include being a
danger to our city, jaywalking, chasing and frightening
our children, scaring us when getting the morning newspaper,
weighing more than 1,000 pounds and causing car accidents,
then gee, I guess I don't qualify. ("Urban
nuisance moose may get a plane ticket to the Bush," April 26).
I agree, something should be done. Anchorage moose are dangerous, wild and a
nuisance. I believe Sen. Con Bunde's bill has the right idea -- to decrease Anchorage's
resident moose population, but his method is unreasonable. A less expensive alternative,
which would also stock the freezers of Anchorage residents and food banks, would
be to allow a controlled harvest of the moose. It would be cheaper and more logical
to have Fish and Game decide how to harvest the moose (bow hunt?) in a safe and
reasonable manner here than to fly moose around the state (do they get air miles?).
- - C.L. Chesnut / Anchorage
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