As Alaskans, we are fortunate to live in a place where there remains an abundance of wild salmon and other wildlife. An abundance of wolves in the state would be an indication of healthy habitat for its prey species, which are primarily mice, voles, hares and an occasional weak, young or already dead moose, sheep or caribou.
Wolves have their place in keeping prey species strong and deserve respect. Predators and prey have their own natural cycles. The state's current predator-control program not only is expensive, cruel and disrespectful, but also will result in ultimate failure because nature will ultimately return to its natural balance.
The shameful slaughter of Alaska's wolves demonstrates the state Board of Game's ignorance of the way nature works and is an abhorrent, cruel practice for short-term ends of a few. If Alaska's wildlife, all species, and the Alaska lifestyle are to survive into the future, the focus needs to be on maintaining and protecting healthy habitat for all species. No habitat; no harvest of fish, moose or caribou; no visitors; no special place in which to live; no wolves; no problem. Maintaining a healthy balance of the wildlife in Alaska through habitat and watershed protection and respect for all our relations is in our own best interest.
---- Kathleen Menke / Haines