To the editor:
This is in response to the letter by Linda McNamara headlined "Wolf slaughter" that you printed in your July 31, 2008 edition.
Our Alaska Constitution, Article VIII, Section 4 demands: "Fish, forests, wildlife, grasslands and all other replenishable resources belonging to the State shall be utilized, developed, and maintained on a sustained yield principle, subject to preferences among beneficial uses." Dear Linda, this is the will of the people that the state biologists are obligated to uphold.
The fact is that eliminating a few wolves now will in effect increase the wolf population in the future by allowing the herd to recover. It has been shown in the past that wolves will decimate a herd to a point where they themselves starve to death.
Our wildlife management must be left up to the state's biologists, whose professional decisions are based on sound scientific evidence and not emotions. Well financed ballot initiatives like Ballot Proposition No. 2 prey upon people's emotions and do more harm than good.
Be sensible! Don't let Outsiders dictate how Alaska manages its wildlife. Vote "No" on No. 2.
Roger Brown, Fairbanks