To the editor:
I am utterly stupefied by the ignorance of some of the people in this city. My dog, Jake, was one of the more recent victims of the attacking wolves. Contrary to some of the current opinions, keeping a dog inside for the season is not a solution to our growing problem. Many dog owners have numerous dogs, specifically our local mushers. Keeping an entire sled dog team inside for the winter is absurd; absolutely absurd.
Even assuming the dog owners are to blame for letting their dogs loose or outside at all, must we wait for the wolves to attack a person before we take this situation seriously? Children walk, sometimes, up to a half of a mile to their school bus stop. Are we prepared to send them to school with guns to protect themselves?
My dog was killed not 10 yards from my house, and not 15 feet from where children wait for the bus. A wolf will show no bias from a stray dog to an innocent child.
So can we sit back, bring our dogs in the house, and keep our kids from going to school? The clear and obvious answer to this question is no. There is no guarantee the next attack will be on a domestic animal and not someone closer to home; much closer. Therefore I suggest that we continue to encourage local hunters and trappers to help alleviate this problem in every appropriate way.