National Geographic : 1987 Sep
Members Forum Arctic Wolf I have utilized Dr. David Mech's reports in my research; his knowledge, experience, and inter est serve as an excellent base for his writings. Congratulations to Mech and Jim Brandenburg for a most successful encounter of the wolfish kind (May 1987). To be accepted by a species such as the wolf must be considered the opportu nity of a lifetime. MARLENE E. HARRIS ZoologicalSociety of Montreal How can NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC print such a stunning piece on wolves when the author has supported the killing of wolves in the United States? Dr. Mech has in the past taken a pro wolf-control position, which means that the wolves he writes so eloquently about will die an agonizing death from the air or by trapping. NORMAN KANER Philadelphia,Pennsylvania Dr. Mech has supported limited wolf-control and sport-trappingproposals, hoping they would re duce livestock depredationand illegalkilling. When I worked on the Alaska pipeline on the North Slope, I saw moose, grizzly, and caribou every day. The wolf was the most amazing of all. One day as I was driving down the haul road, a pair was standing in the road. I tossed my lunch out, and the male ran up and stood over the sand wiches. When the shy female finally came up, the he-wolf stepped aside and allowed her to have the lunch. With all the animal's long-standing reputation for evil, I feel the human species could learn a great deal from the wolf. LLOYD ROY INGRAM Rodessa, Louisiana You earn praise for keeping the wolves' location undisclosed, protected from human invasion. R. MACKEY Sandown, New Hampshire Ukraine Mike Edwards's critical eye and balanced re porting have added to the GEOGRAPHIC'S fine tradition of letting people and places speak for themselves. What Ukraine has to say about its turbulent past, lethargic present, and precarious future is compelling and deserves a hearing. GEORGE W. KRYWOLAP Catonsville, Maryland UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY. Give tillit helps.