Predator Control Backers Clearly Reside Lower on Evolutionary Scale

Letters from the People / Anchorage Daily News / April 4, 2003


Guess what, Alaskans, it's the year 2003. Women have the right to vote, we no longer own slaves, and predator control (wolf killing) is not acceptable. Those who argue for this archaic and Neanderthal-like way of life have obviously not caught up with the evolutionary process.

Get a clue, folks. Nature does not need to be controlled, killing wolves is not a way to increase ungulate populations, and ethical, intelligent hunters do not support barbaric predator control programs (the current McGrath wolf-killing and bear relocation plan is just one example). The Alaska Outdoor Council and small-minded politicians like Sen. Ralph Seekins of Fairbanks push for these types of predator extermination programs simply because they want more ungulates to hunt. Alaskans need to speak up and oppose these selfish and twisted wildlife views and policies. If we don't, we are going to end up with another tourism boycott on our hands, and we won't have anyone to blame but ourselves.

-- Marlo Shedlock / Anchorage

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