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Wolf Kills May Well Preserve Wolves?

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / November 20, 2008

 

Is it better to kill big wolves than little wolves? Does it matter?

A recent editorial questioned the practice of "denning" in which little wolves in a den are killed. Maybe we should ask, "Is it really necessary to kill wolves at all?"

This wolf-killing was done to protect a local caribou herd whose young were surviving at the rate of 1 per 100 because of predation. If wolves are not killed, predation will assure the elimination of the herd and will likely kill nearly all the wolves through starvation -- not a very humane approach.

After the wolves were killed, the survival rate of caribou young was 39 per hundred. This survival rate will assure the continuation of both the wolves and the herd. If the writer likes having wildlife available for viewing, this program supports that goal.

-- Phil Wright
Anchorage

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