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How Do You Feel About Alaska's Predator Control Program?

Discuss:  To Kill or Not to kill

Anchorage Daily News / January 26, 2006



How do you feel about the State's predator control program, a permit system allowing aerial hunting to remove wolves in designated areas in order to increase the number of moose or caribou available for humans? Go to:

http://community.adn.com/?q=adn/node/84356


Recent Examples:

Wolves

I think we need to keep killing the wolves. If you don't want to kill them, then go catch them in a cage and send them to DC. Let those people deal with them. Alaska needs to make their own decisions, and everyone else needs to stay out. These tree-huggers care more about saving an animal then about saving humans, and the hippies gave up a long time ago, so they need to get over it. Welcome to America, we love to hunt for sport, not just food, we're fat, lazy, and just don't care. Kill the wolves, Save a human.

new sdp151 | Thu, 2006-01-26 17:40

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Wolf Control

Leave the wolf population alone!! Nature has an amazing way of dealing with this issue. Human intervention, particularly administered by a state agency, has repeatedly been shown to be the wrong way to handle these problems. There are plenty of moose and caribou for guides and outfitters to make their living.

new fivereeses | Thu, 2006-01-26 17:38

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too many this and that

mr fleagle,
i'm having trouble catching my usual salmon and trout in the susitna drainage, could you send a few planes over to shoot the pike? and the snowshoe hares seem to be down, can you just tell the pilots that after shooting the pike, to shoot the lynx too. and let's not even start on the starling problem.

new g_carpenter | Thu, 2006-01-26 16:59

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Quit Messing with the Natural Balance of Nature

I whole heartedly agree with the quoted posting below. The reason the moose/wolf population is out of wack is due to human intervention, if we would just leave it alone for a while it would balance itself out.

This wolf kill program is all about money, higher moose population means more outside hunters bringing money in for the guides. Why don't we do something about the hundreds of moose that are killed each year by cars and trains? Maybe we should institute an aerial car kill program. Shooting game from an airplane is just plain evil and the guys that do it do it for fun.

"Everyone bring up decent points, but wolves and wildlife got along in perfect balance for thousands of years (and native populations who hunt moose for food did as well). The difference now is we humans like to meddle and we non-natives also like to hunt moose. When it comes down to it, that's the only reason we're doing this. I hunt, but I don't hunt in seasons where moose populations are low and I don't support the wolf kill. We need to let nature take care of itself."

new wendyh | Thu, 2006-01-26 16:49

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wolf control

Wolves need to be controlled for the benefit of mankind and all the other wildlife species. It seems the concern is only about "saving" wolves and to heck with the rest of the wildlife population. Aerial wolf control is a must have program in every squre inch of Alaska, including all parks. Left unchecked wolves are like a cancer spreading and doing irreversible damage. It would be great if all so called wolf supporter activists would base decisions about wolf control on facts instead of emotion, but then that would show that they were wrong and that aerial wolf control was unquestionably the best way to ensure a healthy wildife population for ALL species, not just the wolves.

new mickey.h | Thu, 2006-01-26 15:41

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Humans

Time after time, humans have tried altering nature to suit their needs. And everytime it has only made things worse, if you mess with one part of nature you will have to "fix" another. Nature's web is intricite, if you mess with one part you are messing with many, it is man's hubris to assume that we know better. But we should know better by now, last time i checked, wolves were here before we were, so what irreversible damage is being done accept by us?
new pettyinak | Thu, 2006-01-26 16:53

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Trapping is okay but from the air isn't fair play

My subject says it all. This whole idea of shooting an animal from the air or even if spotted on the same day, shooting from the groune is dispicable and not fair to the animals.

new kushtiqa | Thu, 2006-01-26 13:43

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wolf control

This program isn't about "fair". It is about controlling wolf numbers in certain places in Alaska. I'm sure moose don't feel it's "fair" for their calves to be killed.
I support the program and the benefits it's having on rural people who wish to use game animals for food.

new omemnt | Thu, 2006-01-26 14:10

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Wolf versus Game
Everyone bring up decent points, but wolves and wildlife got along in perfect balance for thousands of years (and native populations who hunt moose for food did as well). The difference now is we humans like to meddle and we non-natives also like to hunt moose. When it comes down to it, that's the only reason we're doing this. I hunt, but I don't hunt in seasons where moose populations are low and I don't support the wolf kill. We need to let nature take care of itself.

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