Letter to the editor

No mercy?

To the editor: For the last week or longer, two sandhill cranes with grievous injuries, one with an apparent broken wing and one with an apparent broken leg, have been sighted near the fence by the parking lot of Creamer’s Field along College Road.

Numerous phone calls to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have not been returned. I was told by an employee at Fish and Game that the refuge manager made a decision to let “nature take its course” and not intervene. So these two federally protected birds have been left to starve and freeze to death slowly instead of being euthanized and their bodies left for the denizens of the refuge to recycle.

In the circle of life, injuries happen, death feeds life. But to witness suffering and do nothing at all is inhumane. I know that several people have made numerous phone calls to the involved agencies, the newspaper, out-of-town rescue organizations and either have received no response, or the response of sorry, we can’t do anything. Alaska Department of Fish and Game has an option to file reports on injured or orphaned wildlife. I did that. What’s the point?

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