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Activists Who Hurt the Fur Market are Partly Responsible for Imbalance

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 29, 2004

I have been waiting for a game management professional to respond to all the hand-wringers decrying the aerial wolf hunts with a most logical explanation. I believe that most opponents of wolf population control don't realize (or refuse to acknowledge) that humans are also part of the delicate balance in the wild, and have been for thousands of years.

Anti-fur activists must take responsibility for the imbalance they have helped create and put man back into the equation. For generations the wolf was hunted and trapped for the protection from the cold its fur gave as garments. When it became "socially unacceptable" to wear wolf to keep warm, harvesting by humans dropped. That created an imbalance that now threatens prey populations such as moose, and ultimately will result in the decimation also of the wolf population. I guess these well-meaning wolf lovers would rather these majestic animals suffer the pain of slow starvation than a relatively quick death at the hands of a hunter.

Dave Oberg / Anchorage


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