the article "Sex offender data being updated" (Jan.
30) and the use of Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement troopers
to locate sex offenders: When the state troopers absorbed
the "brown shirts" into their ranks, we were assured
brown shirts would fill in for the "blue shirts"
only during slack periods. Ptarmigan, trapping, ice fishing
and caribou seasons are open throughout the state. This is
a prime time for poaching. Add to this the commercial fishing/crabbing
seasons in the remote areas and I would suggest this should
be a rather busy time of the year.
was opposed to the transfer when it was proposed, and I can
now say my worst fears have been realized. The leaders of
the Alaska State Troopers do not understand the role of the
Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement; do not understand the vital
importance of the renewable resources of this state; and are
showing an utter disregard and contempt for those resources.
Commissioner Tandeske and his directors are sworn to enforce
all the laws of Alaska, not just a select few. By restricting
wildlife officers from enforcing the wildlife laws of this
state, they are failing to perform their sworn duties and
should be removed from their positions for dereliction of
Nick Steen, former state game biologist / Wasilla