To the editor:
I've read about the wolf control program and was actually one who agreed with the proposal, but over the past few weeks I've read the police reports and there are many articles that wrote about vehicle vs. moose. Well, this got me thinking of every moose in Alaska hit by vehicles. There are hundreds. Not only in Fairbanks but also in Anchorage and throughout Alaska where there are major roads and highways.
There are the thousands of people in Alaska that hunt moose for food and sell the moose skins for other needs. There are the majority of those too who hunt moose only for trophies and other worthless prizes.
Why should we blame wolves for the population drop of moose in Alaska?
Wolf hide is expensive and the prices range anywhere from $300 to $3,000 each depending on size and quality. Is this why the state is making it legal to hunt wolves?
It's hypocritical of me to say I once supported the wolf control program when I myself am a wolf lover. I think the wolves should be left as they are, they (like us) must eat to survive and the wolves not only hunt moose but many other game such as rabbits, muskrat, ptarmigan, caribou, etc. The wolf population in Alaska is estimated between 7,000 - 11,000. That's about 2 percent (or less) the population of humans around Alaska.
There should never be a reason to kill such a beautiful creature. MSNBC said there is already over 6 billion people on this Earth estimated on Oct. 12, 1999. Would we ever kill off people because the population grew too large that we become a danger to society or overpopulate other cultures in the world?
Heather Painter / Fairbanks