We need to live in harmony with nature

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2007

This is in response to Michael Morgan's Feb. 16 letter to the editor suggesting the relocation or killing of the black wolf at the Mendenhall Glacier.

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Simply because people have seen a wolf in the area, and the fact that a wolf has simply come close to some dogs, that's no reason to relocate him or (heaven forbid) to kill him. The wolf Morgan refers to has not been aggressive toward people or pets.

This is not the first time such a thing has occurred on this planet. We need to live within reasonable harmony with the creatures we share the land with. It is humanity that encroaches on the territory of the wild inhabitants of this land. Part of the beauty of Alaska is the wildlife here. Those of us who live in Southeast Alaska live in the middle of an immense rain forest, which takes up almost 17 million acres and is the largest national forest in the United States. So it's safe to say, that we naturally expect to see some wildlife.

Suggesting to relocate or kill a wolf for occupying the Mendenhall Glacier area is absurd. The very same area is also full of numerous bear, deer, porcupine and other wildlife. Does Morgan suggest we move or kill them all too - simply because they are there?

Morgan should not presume to qualify himself to decide the fate of the wildlife up here. He should stay in Washington. The wolves and other wildlife belong here, and it is obviously that Morgan does not.

Lisa Viteri


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