Senate's Latest Wolf Control Bill Caters to Special Interests

Anchorage Daily News / Letters to the Editor / May 10, 2003


The sponsor of SB 155, Sen. Ralph Seekins (Fairbanks), wants the Board of Game to implement predator control programs on its own terms and to allow private hunters to conduct airborne shooting of wolves if the board finds it necessary. It seems to me that this proposal is special interest legislation.

The bill prevents the governor from stopping the Board of Game from instituting predator control programs if the program does not involve state aircraft or state employees either flying or shooting. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game would have no authority to stop the predator control programs and would be expected to provide administrative support. The separation of powers in the administrative code will be compromised and checks and balances in game management will be lost. What we need is a fair and balanced approach to the management of the state's wildlife. We don't need our represented officials catering to special interests.

-- Clare Stockert / Anchorage

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