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Anchorage Hillside Moose Hunt Creates a New Danger for Unarmed Park Users
Letters / Anchorage Daily News / November 13, 2005

Craig Medred entirely misses the point in his Nov. 6 column ("To Hillside moose, hunters are just another predator,"). In a jumbled bit of thinking, he suggests many Anchorage residents oppose moose hunting in Chugach State Park's Middle Fork Loop area because we're "in a tizzy" about humans participating in the age-old predator-prey struggle, while opining that we urbanites somehow perceive moose as Bullwinkle characters.

I know Craig likes to contemplate our species' hunting origins; I do too. But here it's irrelevant. So is his rant about hunting deaths versus those connected to flying, crime, etc. The reason that many of us oppose the hunt is simple: It's the wrong place to stage a moose hunt. Isn't that easy enough to understand?

Several issues are directly tied to the location, including the ethics of killing human-habituated animals; and, yes, safety. But the primary safety concern is bears and gut piles, not human hunters. Craig dismisses this danger, yet four moose were killed within a half-mile radius. Fish and Game's plan is to raise the kill to 20 moose. Can you imagine 20 gut piles in an area popular with unarmed park visitors? I can't.

Bears, as Craig knows, are fast learners. How long will it take them to learn that an abundance of gut piles are there for the taking? It's ridiculous to argue this hunt can continue indefinitely without conflicts or unnecessary danger.

Bill Sherwonit / Anchorage

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