As a member of the Unit 19(D) East (McGrath) Adaptive Management Team, I've learned what balanced management means to radical hunters and Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The team learned the subsistence needs of McGrath required 3,000 to 3,500 moose and there were 1,800 to 2,400 in 2001. Meeting the need requires having a bull/cow ratio of 30/100, which is normal for a healthy hunted population. Accurate surveys showed the ratio in areas popular for McGrath hunters to be as low as 6/100 near McGrath and 37/100 further out, and overhunting being the major problem.
these facts, Fish and Game discontinued meetings and began portraying
old draft plans with predator control as complete.
Removing wolves and bears and replacing them with hunters is today's hunter-dominated board definition of balanced wildlife management. Having concern for past votes against aerial hunting only upsets their agenda.
Leo Keeler / Anchorage AK
Wolf Song of Alaska, P.O. Box 671670, Chugiak, Alaska 99567-1670