Board of Game's Wolf Decision Does Not Represent Majority; Speak Up

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / November 8, 2003

Tuesday's decision by the Board of Game to allow aerial wolf hunting indicates whom they consider their constituency. It isn't the 67 percent of Alaskans who in ballot measures and polls have shown they don't support such extremism. It's the Alaska Outdoor Council, the trappers, but not you, the majority of Alaskans.

Game regulations prohibit shooting at wildlife from vehicles, aircraft, watercraft. Yet, the Board of Game has allowed the use of snowmobiles to run wolves to exhaustion and now adds airplanes to that heinous weaponry. The regulations demonstrate how reprehensible such a practice is considered to be. The Board of Game demonstrates how lacking in ethics and decency they can be.

So what are you going to do? Most likely you'll bemoan the actions of the Board of Game and that's it. The Alaska Outdoor Council hooligans will continue implementing their "Little Red Riding Hood" brand of wildlife management because you will remain predictably silent.

Despite equal ownership, your opinions mean nothing to the AOC-dominated Game Board. A call to the governor's office might help, but will you do it? Or will you continue to let the Board of Shame show the world Alaskans manage their wildlife by running it to death?

It's your choice: silence or science.
-- Art Greenwalt / Fairbanks

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