Instead of Exterminating Wolves, Let's Limit Non-Resident Hunters
During 2001-2002, the state sold 24,499 big game hunting tags. A total of 17,343 (70 percent) of these big game hunting tags were purchased by nonresidents. Last year 6,575 moose were reported killed by big game hunters. Currently, the Murkowski administration and the Alaska Board of Game are advocating the elimination of wolves within hundreds of square miles of Alaska wilderness with hopes the moose population will increase so that more moose can be hunted and killed. Given these statistics, it is obvious to me that a primary reason for exterminating our wolf population is to maintain non-resident hunting rights. A better alternative would be to limit the number of non-resident big game hunting tags instead. This would allow Alaska residents to secure their subsistence resources and enable wolves to continue living in Alaska -- as they have for thousands of years.
-- Robert Montague / Anchorage
Wolf Song of Alaska, P.O. Box 671670, Chugiak, Alaska 99567-1670