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Wolf Control Benefits all Animals; Let Fish and Game Do its Job

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / February 2, 2007

I presume that this letter writer from Washington is a predator lover instead of an animal lover ("Slaughter of wolves has to stop," Jan. 28). Way back in the 1930s, growing up in Midwest corn country, we had a multitude of rabbits and pheasants. As an 11-year-old, I was taught by my brother how to hunt with a small .22-caliber rifle while he hunted with a shotgun. Back in those days, we hunted, skinned and cleaned rabbits, hung them in the entryway during the winter and our mother always could grab one and put it in the pan.

Something happened though and the red fox multiplied so much since they had no predator and our rabbit and pheasant populations became almost extinct. They started hunting foxes with airplanes, the old Piper J3, and did not wipe them out, but thinned them out to where the pheasants and rabbits flourished again. This task belongs to the men and women of the Alaska Fish and Game Department. I have lived in Alaska for more than 30 years and believe that they have done an outstanding job in setting controls on all type of wildlife.

Wolves do not have any animals killing and eating their pups like they prey on moose, caribou and other animals. I don't always agree with Fish and Game's decisions, but there has to be a little give and take.

---- Paul D. Morrison / Kenai


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