Sitnews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska - Opinions



Wolf Hunting
by Brandi Conway


November 05, 2004

I am writing in response to all the talk about wolf hunting. What I would like to know is why wolves have gotten such a bad reputation? We kill animals to extinction and we are never considered the predator. Why is that? Wolves hunt to survive and to feed their young. I once read a study written by a professor, I wish I remembered the man's name or what college he worked for. Unfortunately I do not recall any of that information. What I remember is what the article or report was about.

In this man's studies he observed that the wolf population bred with the amount of game that was around. If there was a low amount of deer or whatever else they hunted to eat, then only the Alpha male and female bred to keep the pack going but did not over-breed cause the game was not there to feed them all. This makes a lot of sense to me.

If we want to talk about a predator that kills without regards to anything, then let's talk about the human. Don't get me wrong I support hunting but only if you use what you kill. People who kill just for the big rack or the hell of it have no right to be out hunting. I have heard people brag about a deer or two they shot over on Prince of Wales. The sad thing was they shot the deer just to shoot it then left the carcass to go to waste.

I would like to know who really is to blame for the over-kill of deer (and other animals). I do not think you can put the full blame on the wolf population. I also have always thought that the wolf hunts and kills the weak and lame. Am I wrong?

The other question I have is, has there ever been a reported wolf attack on humans involving a healthy wolf? Not one that has been sick or injured in some way. Can anyone answer that question for me?

Brandi Conway
Ketchikan, AK - USA



Note: Comments published on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.



Write a Letter -------Read Letters

E-mail the Editor

Stories In The News
Ketchikan, Alaska