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Is predation a problem on Peninsula?

Posted: October 4, 2011 - 8:00am

Aerial gunning of wolves on the Kenai (letter to the editor, Sept. 23)? Seems like the Board of Game has completely lost its way and is ignoring the advice of its own wildlife experts. ADF&G biologists had it right the first time when they said that habitat and overharvest are the problem, not predators. I for one am hoping they don't bow to pressure and actively promote such an unwarranted program. But hope likely won't be enough; we must send a strong message that we won't tolerate such programs on the Kenai.

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northernlights
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northernlights 10/05/11 - 10:12 am
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aerial gunning

I'm with you on that. Overharvest, enough is enough, every hunter from the city comes down here to hunt, just like the fishing.

ak4hunters
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ak4hunters 10/07/11 - 08:06 am
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I'm doubt Ms. Schaff is a

I'm doubt Ms. Schaff is a hunter and spends much of her time out harvesting anything. Which begs the queston, how would she possibly know if the moose population is overharvested by hunters. Sit in a Board of Game meeting and it will be obvious to you that our local ADF&G boys aren't the shinning stars of the Dept.

soldotna
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soldotna 10/07/11 - 09:48 am
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Got Wolfs?

The Article "Wolf control on the Kenai?" published on Oct 6th Pretty much sums most of the moose population problems up.

Huge numbers of wolfs = Lower amount of baby moose making it to adult hood.

It kind of works like Newtons Law "For ever action there is an equal and opposite reaction"

Hunt
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Hunt 10/07/11 - 08:39 pm
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wolves

Preditors are the #1 problem with our moose population. Ms. Schaaf obviously isn't a hunter or she would know this already. Go back to California where you belong with the rest of the tree huggers! We dont want you here, people like you that are narrow minded and dont have a clue of what is acctually going on is why we are having this problem. there is no over harvest of moose because we dont have any to harvest! I think there was less than 5 moose harvested legally this year on the peninsula. We have an over abundance of very large brown bears because they have a perfect habitat on the Kenai and there has been virtually no hunting on them for close to 20 years now.

As far as wolves go, they havent had any hunting pressure because the peninsula is locked up by refuge land and native land. Which is another crock, but I wont go there right now. You wont hardly ever see a wolf on the Kenai because of the dense cover they have to live in, but there is way to many preditors around. Moose dont have a fighting chance now thanks to our fish and game not doing there jobs right.

Something has to be done about the brown bears and the wolves. For you tree huggers that dont support this come over to my house and I'll take you for a walk and show you. Well see how you feel with a can of pepper spray when you have a 10 foot brown bear on your ass!

wings
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wings 10/12/11 - 07:50 am
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Whether Ms. Schaaf is a

Whether Ms. Schaaf is a hunter or not, is not the issue. She reads and understands plain English a bit better than the ones upholding aerial hunts on this issue. Aerial hunting is a cowardly act.

There is no need for aerial killing of any sort, especially Wolves. Wolves are not a problem on the Kenai ... the hunters are, and that's the reason the moose are declining. Leave hunting moose out for one year, and the moose will repopulate themselves.

Wolves have their own jobs to do in nature for those interested. Too many rodents, birds, squirrels, rabbits and all other little furry critters. (which wolves basically exist on) can deplete a moose habitat quite rapidly if wolves weren't on duty.

Bear's don't seek out humans to attack either ... they have their reasons when they attack anything. Its the humans that can't understand the bear domain not the bears fault. Humans are truly the problem. Road kill moose should be given to the hungry folks.

Please, "Hunt" don't be redundant. "Preditors are the #1 problem with our moose population." Last time I checked, humans are still the #1 greatest preditors on Earth.

PS ... I'm not only a tree-hugger (for the living tree), but I hug all of nature in it's splendid glory, and I hope it lasts for the future generations of human beings (we're not giving it much of a future with our "kill" craze) ... hunting is not just for you and all the other greedy hunters. Hunting is for survival. Ask yourself this, is it really your stomach you are hunting for or is it your pleasure? Are you a poverty case? If so, by all means, ... kill yourself a moose to eat this winter ... we will all understand.

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BigRedDog 10/18/11 - 08:56 am
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Hunters don't kill Calves

The first and only way the moose population increases is through birth and survival of calves. Habitat is near cyclic with fire and clear cutting for SBB control and wood chips. The noticeable increase in Black Bear, Brown Bear, and Wolf populations is what changed the equation. The old timers were right when they said we can't live with Brown Bear in our neighborhoods. Through the grace of God and a lucky .454 pistol shot we were spared a local family growing older with out Dad around just last year! Two bear have been shot on my block in the past 3 years and I had a pair of 2 year old cubs size me up when I went to get the paper one morning. Once any bear sees a human thing, cabin, house, whatever and doesn't turn and leave there is going to be trouble! Because once they have patrolled an area it is their turf, and they are number one in any food chain, period. Brown Bear are omnivors and we are on that list with everything else. After over 40 years of not seeing a wolf near town I saw a wolf cross Beaver Loop last Spring, right at the top of calving season. Now it's his turf too!

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wings 10/18/11 - 09:46 am
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I agree with you BigRedDog,

I agree with you BigRedDog, that bears are horrible roommates for humans. What I don't understand is, why humans can't see how it became unbalanced in the first place. The bear and wolf "hunt" for their "survival." They see the human as being on "their turf" not the other way around. Humans hunt for fun, special diet, protection, and sometimes hunger. Humans have chosen food markets to shop in, animals do not shop. So who is really taking "whose" food? Sadly, the poor moose are the true victims ... and no one else. They don't even eat meat! Leave the moose alone for a couple years, let them repopulate, and just deal with the bear and wolf (even if you must kill one to protect yourself) until things come back to normal in balance ... after all, it really is the human element that rocked the boat in Mother Nature's pantry. Please use what you kill.

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