Recently, while visiting Eagle, I heard continuous complaints from hunters and locals about the so-called decimation of moose from wolf predation. This mantra, preached throughout Alaska, gives one the impression that wolves are more abundant than mosquitoes. While listening to fantastic tales of wolves gone wild, I watched an endless line of motorboats, jet boats and even a hovercraft being unloaded into the river.
As wolves were so abundant, I looked forward to the chance to see one. But after a week on the river, I saw no wolves, no tracks or scat and heard no howls in the night.
The hypocrisy of the anti-wolf advocates, as hoards of mechanized "hunters" scour the tundra in their toys, is laughable, especially when they speak of how there used to be moose everywhere. Remember, there used to be 60 million buffalo and abundant predators, but the rifle, in 20 years, brought the herds to near extinction.
Does a person need to hunt if they drive a $40,000 pickup pulling $20,000 worth of ATVs? Does fair chase mean ripping up the tundra or screaming up a river in a hovercraft?
It's time to consider hunter control, not predator control.
-- Tom Roberts