Let's Think About Culling Predators, the Ones Doing All the Damage

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / March 23, 2003


"I don't believe in fair chase for vermin." That statement by Duane Goodrich really set me back on my heels. ("Predators face another hard hit: Board of Game wants wolves across Cook Inlet to be killed from snow machines or aircraft," March 15) Nature has managed to keep populations in check for thousands if not millions of years (barring an asteroid or comet impact) and it would seem that man is the real culprit in this situation.

Has the human predator population stayed constant over the last few decades? Have the human predators' hunting range and efficiency increased with the advent of snow machines and aircraft spotting? Have these factors resulted in a larger-than-historic take of moose and other game animals? If the answer is yes to any of these, then it would seem that it is time to cull the human hunters.

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