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When Yappy Dogs are Devoured, Let's Raise 3 Cheers for the Wolves

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / December 23, 2007


As someone who suffers mightily from dogs keeping my family up at night, yapping and growling at us in our own yard, filling it with fecal material and wearing pathways, I delight in wolves picking off a few in the Anchorage area.

It is fairly routine for dog owners to correctly have their dogs leashed as they leave parking lots for local trails, particularly in Chugach Park, but release them as soon as they are out of sight of the trail head (probably 95 percent of the time).

There are only about 10,000 wolves in the U.S. but 80 million dogs! I say wolves are infinitely more valuable. That said, I'll donate $25 to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and $10 to area biologist Rick Sinnott for every dog wolves eat up Eagle River Valley, and $75 to Fish and Game and $25 to Rick Sinnott if we are lucky enough to have the wolves eat one of the dogs bothering us.

-- Jerome Montague
Eagle River

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