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Moose Management

Letters / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / November 3, 2007

To the editor:

This letter is in response to Leroy Wiedeman's letter regarding the state of Alaska's management of "antlerless" moose in the Tanana Flats area.

First things first, this is an anterless moose hunt, not strictly a cow hunt. If you kill a large bull that has shed its antlers you are still in compliance with regulations as this is a population control measure.

Second, I'm certain that Rep. Don Young has a few more years managing populations of moose than Wiedeman and I combined and that his calculations are based on actual moose numbers and bull to cow ratios based on the amount of food available.

Third, the state of Alaska is not raising "cattle" like a rancher would. Ranching focuses strictly on production of more animals, feeding them and trying to turn a profit. This aspect is what differs from managing wild moose populations that would swing back and forth leading to high populations (starvation) and low populations (no moose for you or me).

I have had some success the last few years while hunting with friends and we have usually come home with meat. However, this is why we call it hunting and not killing.

Donald Fitzwater

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