Letters to the Editor

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2000

For the sake of wildlife, vote 'yes' on Proposition No. 1

Re: Ballot Measure No. 1

Study the facts.

What is the estimated wolf population of Alaska? What percentage of the population can be removed without affecting that population? How are wolf and other large predator numbers kept in check with no human interference? What percentage of the yearly wolf surplus is harvested by land and shoot? What percentage by traps? What percentage by snares? What percentage by incidental shooting?

What is a prime, properly handled wolf pelt worth in dollars? What percentage of prey species (moose, caribou, etc.) are taken by wolves? What percentage by bears? What percentage by Alaska resident hunters? What percentage by nonresident hunters? Vehicle collisions? Winter starvation and disease?

These are just a few of many questions one must know the answers to before voting on wildlife issues. If you have no idea what I am writing about, please, for the sake of our wildlife and people, vote "yes" on Ballot Measure No. 1.

I know my neighbors here on the Kenai Peninsula are more knowledgeable on this issue than more out of the way places like Anchorage. I do not intend to insult your intelligence; however, this is important to all of us.

Roger Ager


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