|Letter to Wyoming
from Alaska re; wolves & wolf control
Dear Editor and Citizens of Wyoming:
I'm a retired police officer and have been an Alaskan for 19 years who is beginning the process of moving to your wonderful State of Wyoming. I have avidly hunted since boyhood days which is what brought me to Alaska in the first place. Back then it was a dream come true. That dream is now shattered as Alaska is no longer what it was, and no longer can a man sally forth to harvest a legal moose for the freezer unless he has a large pocketful of cash to dump into an airplane to fly out somewhere remote.
The wolves and bears have been so protected by the idiocy of liberal tree huggers that they have slaughtered our Moose and Dall Sheep, as well as peoples' livestock, to include dogs and horses. When I first came to Alaska you could shoot any bull moose ... now it must be a spike or fork or 50" spread or better; here in southcentral Alaska that is a needle in a haystack. All I ever wanted to do was keep the freezer full of game, but because of all this I must leave Alaska. This is the effect that wolves have had on me and every other Alaskan who hunts, rural or not.
The reason that I am coming to Wyoming is because of what the Wolves and the bears (Black & Grizz both) have done to Alaskan big game hunting --
they have Decimated it and Emasculated it. Fact.
If not AGGRESSIVELY AND EFFECTIVELY controlled in Wyoming, the wolves WILL do the same there. PERIOD! It is the normal and natural "nature of the beast" so to speak. The "genie is out of the bottle" already.
They are coming.
Some Alaskans hunt wolves but it is VERY difficult and not usually cost effective because one must go to extremes to find them and get TO them, and one usually sees where they have Been. The most usual way is by hauling extra gas in a towed sled behind your snowmachine and when finally finding them you have some quick long distance shooting to do, as upon approach they light the afterburners. It is also possible to call them, but that is Very difficult; they are extremely smart; I have successfully called in one. I feel that it would be easier and more productive to hunt wolves in Wyoming than in Alaska due to easier terrain in Wyoming.
What are wolves capable of and what do they do? To be happy at -20 below, a grown 120 lb. wolf (1500 lb. jaw strength) likes 25 lbs. of fresh hot meat per day if he has his druthers. That they kill "only the sick and weak" is a MYTH and a tree-hugger LIE. In the spring as cow moose lie on sunny hillsides having their calves, wolves will rip them open, kill both the mom and the calf, frequently leaving without even taking a bite. Wolves kill for the FUN OF IT. Wolves can drive a Grizzly off a moose kill. Wolves are murderously efficient and they are living, breathing, killing machines. I cannot stress this enough, and I am not being melodramatic in the least. I am simply being accurate and plain speaking with no exaggeration whatsoever. I am not interested in any exaggeration. I am Only interested in accurate facts and numbers and that is what I offer. Alaska has lived with wolves just about forever, and we now have the exploded population of between 15,000 and 20,000 wolves due to such Over-protection by the bunny-huggers. I DO NOT want Wyoming to suffer our fate here in Alaska caused by wolves.
A pack may range/travel FAR in excess of 200 sq. miles. On the average (approx.), a wolf will kill 12 moose or 33-36 caribou per year depending on what area of Alaska he is in. We have wolf packs in excess of 30 to 40 wolves. Your Elk in Wyoming are comparable to our Caribou being slaughtered by wolves.
Grab your calculator and You do the math.
I implore you to tell Your Governor to pick up the phone and call Our Governor [former U.S. Senator] Frank Murkowski (I've chatted with him before and he Does listen) to discuss our aerial Wolf Control Program and also, HOW we classify wolves -- that is, as BOTH a Big Game animal (5 per year; harvest w/ hunting license) AND a Furbearer (harvest with your rifle or trap/snare) w/ Trapping license (unlimited harvest). Works very well, and also extra revenue for the state from Trapping license sales. That would work Wonderfully for Wyoming!!!
It was my idea and that of a good friend in Delta, Alaska who hunts Wolves and coyotes for a living that the Major KEY to a predator control program must be: PRIVATIZATION!!
In other words, NOT state employees, but PRIVATE CITIZENS LIKE ME volunteer and be trained by Game and Fish (biologists) to collect data, catalogue it, collect stool samples, pull repo. (reproductive) tracts, collect DNA samples, etc. etc. after killing Wolves. Being that these wolf hunters will be Private Citizens:
No expense to the state of Wy. (politicians will Love that)!
Selected pilots (experienced, as here in Alaska) could be granted permits to aerial hunt wolves...in each plane is a pilot and a gunner.
Can and do wolves attack humans?? YES. They are a Predator - thats what Predators do. For reference see the report below that our former liberal governor never wanted the public to see: Technical Bulletin 13.
You can just call Fish & Game in Juneau at the number below to get a free one mailed to you, as described down below, and/or view it online.
Wolves are vicious efficient killers ... kinda like Jaws, 'cept Jaws is in the ocean and Wolves are on the land. Terribly destructive! Your wonderful Wyoming deer and Sheep and Elk will begin to be slaughtered unless the wolves are held in careful check Very Quickly. There is no way around that.
The official name of the report is:
"A Case History of Wolf-Human Encounters in Alaska and Canada", by Mark E.McNay (biologist, AK. Dept. Fish & Game) ---
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Wildlife Technical Bulletin 13 (2002).
This report documents Wolf/Human encounters and divides causes into 6 categories. They are free, and you can call - Carole Healy @ Dept. Fish & Game in Juneau for your copies at 907-465-4176; she was very happy to send some to me.
Here is the URL to also see it online: http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/pubs/techpubs/research_pdfs/techb13_full.pdf
For the sake of future hunting in Wyoming (as well as Idaho and Montana) I am IMPLORING you folks to get the Wolf Control program and hunting set up somehow, but you NEED a season and a limit. Other matters can be addressed later. I've been told that if Wyoming simply classifies wolves as a Big Game animal Or/And as Furbearers (NOT as just a "varmint" classification) With a Season and a Bag Limit (say [as an example] Aug. 1 to April 30 w/ bag limit of 10 wolves per day per hunter/trapper for instance) that USFWS will give the green light, and Wyoming will then be controlling and managing its wolves? However, Each Day that passes with NO resolution spells the slaughter of Wyoming's big game and ranchers' livestock, every single day, day by day, night by night.
Finally and to encapsulate a bit, the "genie is out of the bottle" already -- those wolves ARE COMING more and more, and ANYONE (read: idiot tree-huggers) who would DELIBERATELY introduce this vicious killing machine into your midst is certifiably insane.
All I am doing here is trying to communicate some various workable options to you folks in Wyoming to solve this very real crisis that you are facing, and that we here in Alaska have faced and suffered already.
I beg you to heed my well-intentioned feedback as my motive is to spare Wyoming what we here in Alaska have suffered. Its not happy being here in Alaska anymore.
I stand ready to communicate and assist in any way that I can.
Cas Gadomski P.O. Box 298431 Wasilla, Alaska 99629 firstname.lastname@example.org (Ph. and fax): 907-892-9060