To the editor: I read a front page article in the News-Miner Saturday about a legal moose hunt that orphaned a moose calf. It was unfortunate that several people were exposed to the event and developed an adverse opinion.
While I like to see and photograph wildlife as well as the next person, I also like to acquire a freezer full of winter meat. In Anchorage, where the antlerless archery moose hunt was eliminated, adverse moose/human encounters have increased. People and pets have been stomped or kicked, and automobile accidents with moose have increased. The antlerless hunt helps manage moose populations in a suburban area and also provides an opportunity for people to acquire meat.
Archers should take into account how nonhunters may perceive the harvest and be more considerate when selecting a hunt location. The hunter actually had the option of taking the calf instead of the cow which is certainly the one the wolf would have selected. The concern about its survival is a noble concern but not realistic in town with the lack of predators. An automobile is the calve’s real foe.