In an offensive comment that was apparently meant as a sick joke, Alaska Representative Don Young (R) suggested wolves as a solution to end homelessness in some congressional districts.
During a Natural Resources Committee meeting Young said, “How many of you have got wolves in your district? None. None. Not one. They haven’t got a damn wolf in their whole district. I’d like to introduce them in your district. If I introduced them in your district, you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”
Young, who is known for his disdain for the homeless, clearly did not get his facts straight. Wolves rarely ever attack humans. There are 60,000 to 70,000 documented wolves in the North America and yet only one recorded human fatality from a wolf attack in the United States.
Young also demonstrated his ignorance of America’s homelessness crisis by considering that setting a pack of hungry wolves on homeless will crush the problem for good. Pardon by bluntness, but you can kill as many homeless as you like, but that does not eradicate the systemic issues creating the homeless epidemic such as lack of affordable housing, low wages and limited job and educational opportunities (specifically for veterans). Homelessness will remain as long as the issues creating that problem are unresolved.
Young’s district has a major homelessness problem, and in his 42 years as an Alaskan representative he has barely made a dent in providing concrete change. Instead of making cruel jokes, Young should take a look into more constructive alternatives to end homelessness and start taking action.