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Help the McNeil Bear Sanctuary off linmits to hunting

Don't Shoot

Letters / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / September 1, 2009

To the editor:

Seventy-three cow moose, that is what the numbers add up to. Seventy-three cow moose are being shot this season in the Pleasant Valley, Upper Chena River and South Fork areas. Why? Because some "knowledgeable" biologist decided that would be best for our moose population. How does this help our moose population? Wiping out the female population right before, during and after rut does not help our moose population; it kills it.

Not only that, but how many calves are going to be orphaned in this slaughter? I know of one so far in the upper Chena River area. A "hunter" - and I use the term loosely - illegally shot a cow moose and one of her twin calves on the side of the road this week. These are not last year's calves. They are this year's calves that were still nursing. Now the only surviving calf wanders around the kill site looking lost.

Again I ask, how does this help our moose population? I come from an avid hunting family and we are all outraged by this new cow moose season.

Shawna Pauley, Two Rivers


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