Hunting wolves from the air

Before the existance of Fish and Game, PETA, EPA and any government organization whose business is to control everything, the people had to take care of their own existence. I grew up in that time.  

I don't think that the Native people living in Alaska 70 years ago had any qualms about killing a wolf that was destroying their food supply. Living in the country, several of my friends and myself, while in High School, trapped animals, mink, skunk and civet cats were mostly what got in our traps and we sold them to a skin buyer in town. While a kid, the county, or state gave a bounty on gophers, I think that they paid something like 20 cents  for a pair of front feet from a gopher. Not much, but if you took 5 pairs of feet into the court house, in that period of time you could buy 20 candy bars the size of the 89-cent ones today. Or 20 Cherry Cokes at the Drug Store fountain.

In the State of Alaska where trapping is a profession by some people, I think we could take advantage of a bounty to be paid to the trappers or hunters. Question: What does it cost to hire pilots and planes to hunt wolves? Maybe a $250 dollar bounty would increase interest by the trappers in the State of Alaska and also give a little incentive without endangering pilots flying close to the ground. I'm a pilot and understand the problems which could be encountered.  It costs lots of money now to hunt, so a little encouragement would help.

My personal opinion is that until there is some kind of bounty on wolves, brown bears and black bears, the destruction of the moose supply from Nome to the Kenai Peninsula will not be controlled.     

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Thu, 02/23/2017 - 21:40

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