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Say What You Want About Human Toll but Predators are Hardest on Moose

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / July 28, 2006


In rough numbers Alaska has about 180,000 moose, of which about 120,000 are females. These females produce about 100,000 additional moose yearly. Humans (hunters, trains and cars) kill 10,000 and predators kill 90,000. I know this is simplistic; it is meant to be. Talk about cow-to-bull ratios, habitat quality, predator control, fair chase, subsistence, etc., are just diversions that confuse the public. The bottom line is that predators kill 90 percent of the annual moose kill.

---- Michael Ward / Eagle River

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