Dear Editor,

I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and the first 50 years of my life I spent in the interior and western Alaska.

I was one of the employees for Department of Highways during the construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline. I was stationed north of the Brooks Range during construction of a 60-mile section of the highway near Prudhoe Bay (where the oil wells are). Overseeing that stretch of construction involved a lot of helicopter time. On a trip in April 1970, we saw a pack of 22 wolves chasing a herd of caribou. One wolf would run hard pushing the caribou. The others would lag behind and when the caribou ran in an S pattern, they would cut across. As the pressure wolf would tire, he would start to drop back and another wolf would move forward to take his place, keeping the maximum pressure on the caribou herd. After several miles, a pregnant caribou would begin to slow down. The wolves would drag one down, rip her stomach open, and eat the unborn calf. The main pack kept chasing the herd of caribou until they had killed and eaten more than 20 unborn calves, leaving the mothers dying and uneaten.

All my life you hear they only kill the sick and the weak. Predators are no different than humans. If we have the choice of ribeyes or burger with the same amount of work, we eat ribeyes.

What do you think will happen when a pack of wolves has a choice of chasing an elk or deer down vs. a cow, sheep or pet dog? Vote “No” to introducing wolves back to Colorado.

Justin Swift


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