I've been following the wolves-versus-dogs stories this winter, both in Fairbanks and Anchorage. I'm no expert, but it seems to me that if you have wild predators losing their fear of people to the point of attacking three women with dogs on leashes, the response should be harsher than encouraging the military to scare the animals with rubber bullets and pepper spray ("Wolves attack joggers' dogs on Fort Rich," Dec. 22). Like that will work!
When is the state going to take this seriously? After someone is killed, mauled, or a child is dragged off at a school bus stop?
Wolves have attacked a young boy in Southeast and people on the Haul Road, and it was determined a man was killed in Canada by wolves. It seems the state is more concerned with killing wolves to save moose for people's freezers than public safety. Biologist Rick Sinnott said the last time this happened it stopped when key pack members were trapped and killed. Do that one better and get military cooperation and fly search-and-destroy missions with helicopters or have a snowmachine roundup. Maybe then the next pack to come in will stick to moose.
-- Pat McArdle