What could Nathan L. Seegmiller have been thinking when he wrote, "President Bush has allowed oil prices to soar" (Readers' Forum, July 28)? Bush has been doing everything he can to get Congress to allow oil production on American territory, but our present Democrat Congress will not allow it.

The Democrats in Congress, with some exceptions, are little more than puppets of the environmental establishment. I know from 16 years experience over a 45-year period as a professional wildlife and range management biologist that development of gas and oil resources need not keep mule deer and elk populations from enormously increasing. The Prudhoe Bay experience indicates the same for caribou.

Ed Gomer

retired wildlife and range biologist