Alaska's Wildlife Decisions Made by Board of Game,
Not Department

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 2, 2003

As the wolf debate rages on, I would like to correct an important but often misstated fact. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game does not make the wildlife regulations. This is done by the Board of Game, which is a political body appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature.

The Board of Game considers regulatory proposals and input from any individual or organization in Alaska, from rural and urban Fish and Game Advisory Committees, and from the Department of Fish and Game. This board then independently makes the regulations that Fish and Game must implement and the troopers must enforce.

It is critical that people who wish to have a voice in Alaska's wildlife management understand how regulations are created so that they can participate in what is a political process -- a process that begins with the vote you cast for your legislative representatives and governor.

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify and hopefully empower.

-- Sue Steinacher / Nome


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