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Letter to the Editor

Wolf buffer zone needed

To the editor: Any reasonable observer who pays attention to the Denali National Park/Stampede Trail wolf debacle, which is decades old, would likely find preposterous the state of Alaska’s notion that opening that area of land bordering the northeast adjacent to the park’s protective border to trapping and hunting of straying park wolves has had no negative impact on park wolves could be seriously delusional or is ideologically opposed to national parks.

In Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang’s denial of a citizen petition to make an emergency closure of the hunting and trapping of straying park wolves, this ongoing state policy continues: wolf viewing, zero value. Ratio of wolves to moose in X square miles, all that matters.

The state of Alaska steps over dollars to pick up dimes. The dollars are those generated by park visitors seeking wildlife experiences, the dimes are from furs. To the Alaska Board of Game making the hunting and trapping rules, the national park is not there. It’s just another forest with prey and predators, humans among the latter. What park? What viewing?

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