by Debra Grossman
February 26, 2005
I was quite taken back by Mark Cowley's suggestion to William Brehm, the wildlife photographer, that we should leave the issue of wolves and arctic drilling to those who live in Alaska. Since when did Alaska become separate from America? I live in Arizona and I am very concerned about the serious issues facing Alaska and the rest of my great country. I will not stand by and allow people to bring destruction and devasation to one of the last beautiful places in America just because I don't live there. Alaska's wolves are America's wolves and all Americans have the right to enjoy the splendor of Alaska and all its wildlife.
In regard to controlled management, we all know that predators are managed so that there will be more animals for humans to display on their walls, wear their skin and consume their meat. Contrary to Mark Cowley's comments, that there will always be plenty of trees and wolves, history itself proves that Mark is wrong. If nearly two million wolves were slaughtered in the latter part of 1800's by hunters, ranchers and the U.S. Government, there is no doubt that wolves can be completely eradicated from the face of Alaska. At Alaska's current pace of decimation, there is no doubt that Alaska will become barren of wildlife and wolves, it is only a matter of time.
Mr. Stanton and Mr. Cowley are both uninformed and perhaps uninformable. If they took the time to learn anything about the issues, they would realize that Alaska's future lies in the protection of its natural resources and biological diversity rather than their exploitation. Alaska's economy will be significantly impacted without its wolves and wildlife. Wake up Alaska!
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