BY JOHN SCHANDELMEIER
Anchorage Daily News, Outdoors, April 15, 2014
Potter Stewart, who was a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, said: “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do.” That statement isn’t too tough to follow on paper, but when applied to predator control, it gets tougher. I don’t pretend to know the right or wrong on this subject, but there is a lot to think on.
Predator control in Alaska consists mostly of liberalizing wolf and bear seasons. The public is involved through aerial wolf control and extended seasons on the ground. Bear baiting and longer seasons help control black and grizzly populations where it is deemed necessary, or desirable. The necessity of predator control is a hotly debated issue in our state. The methods and means of controlling animals we consider predators is continually discussed at great length.