Board of Game is Interested Only in Helping Hunters; Time for Change

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / November 13, 2003

The size and economic impact of wildlife viewing on Alaska is truly impressive. With more than 13,000 jobs and nearly $1 billion in income to the state, you would think that the wildlife viewing industry would have some say in how wildlife is managed. A live wolf, bear or moose is an ongoing financial asset with potentially hundreds of viewer opportunities. If killed, it benefits very few people.

Sadly, through the Board of Game, all decisions are made in consideration of hunting big game. In the history of the Board of Game there has been only one non-hunter represented, and he did not last long. We need a Board of Wildlife that provides a level playing field for all stakeholders in Alaska's wildlife.

-- Maury Mason, Executive Director / Alaska Wildlife Alliance / Anchorage


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