Letters / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / May 18, 2010
To the editor:
To those who are not educated on the issue of the Porcupine Caribou Herd, here is some information.
They calve on only 5 percent of the tundra (a safe haven) of the North Slope region, which is in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Unlike the Prudhoe Bay Herd, which moved south because of oil development interferences, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Porcupine herd has nowhere else to calve because to the south are meat-eater predators in the Brooks Range (wolves, bears, hawks and eagles). North is the Arctic Ocean, then west are the oil fields and east are Canada’s mountains. Those predators will eventually eat all the calves and will end the very existence of the Porcupine herd, 20,000 years of human rights and the traditional food of the Alaska and Canada Gwich’in people.
How would you feel if we took all the beef from the stores? Please support the wilderness designation of only 5 percent of the northern region and support reducing pollution worldwide for all our future children.