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Wolf Control Response

Letters / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / February 1, 2006

To the editor:

This letter is in response to "Spare the wolves" which was written on Jan. 20, 2006, by Heather Painter. Wolf control doesn't happen everywhere in Alaska, it mainly happens in rural Alaska.

In rural Alaska, we rely heavily on wild game such as moose, caribou, rabbits, muskrat, ptarmigan, etc. Making a living in rural Alaska can, at times, be very hard. That is why we rely so much on what nature provides us. We need moose, caribou, etc., more than you may realize in rural Alaska. People who protest wolf control don't realize what it is like to survive in rural Alaska.

Wolf control is happening in a certain area because those villages in that area cannot get a moose or caribou they so much need because of the high wolf populations. Like I said, we need moose, caribou, etc. more than you may realize in rural Alaska, that's how we survive and make a living.

Charlie Swaney / Arctic Village

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