As an environmentalist and a hunter, I was pleased to see an article recognizing the important role hunters can play in helping to manage non-native species ("The Boar Wars," March/April). But I was appalled to see that author Daniel Duane went off on a hunt even though he was clearly unprepared to do so. No one should ever hunt with a gun they have not practiced with, nor without thorough knowledge of their prey.
James J. Menegazzi
Daniel Duane states that "once hunters get interested in a species ... they'll do everything in their power to make sure that it and its habitat don't disappear." Unfortunately, that often includes attempting to eradicate competing predators, as discussed in the same issue in "Air Strikes" on aerial wolf hunting in Alaska ("Sierra Club Bulletin"). Andrea Cimino
Montgomery Village, Maryland
Sport hunting is only one aspect of the equation in Hawaii. Subsistence hunting of axis deer, mouflon sheep, goats, and pigs makes up a large part of the foods consumed in rural communities. Hunting is, for many country folk, their major food source. Lance Holter
Chair, Sierra Club Maui Group
AMONG OTHER PROBLEMS
The prediction that global climate change will shift the North American breadbasket north into Canada overlooks a serious obstacle ("Lay of the Land," March/April). The area portrayed on the map as "viable" for wheat in 2050 is mostly within the Canadian Shield. This area has very thin soil and is largely unsuitable for farming. Tim Maret
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the "Profile" of John Francis ("The Walking Man," March/April). As a black person, I find that the media tend to ignore us, as though somehow you cannot be a minority and also care about the earth. I've recently made the decision to go without a car, and I now use a bicycle and walk as my primary means of transportation. It's not much, but at least I am taking baby steps to reduce my carbon footprint. Sabrina Messenger
AND THE ANSWERS ARE ...
The answers to the "Landscape Lexicon" contest in the March/April issue can now be revealed: 1. Those soaring rocks are bread-crust, or volcanic, bombs. 2. The frosty crust in calm polar seas is called nilas. 3. The dark layer on exposed rock faces is desert, or rock, varnish. 4. The flotsam left by tides is a wrack, or strand, line.
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The March/April "Decoder" misidentified Chris Nolin of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a political appointee. She is, in fact, a career employee.
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