Policy to Turn Blind Eye to Voters and Kill Wolves isn't Democracy

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / February 12, 2004

In 1996, and again in 2000, the voters of Alaska said no to aerial wolf control. After his election, Gov. Murkowski moved quickly to appoint a pro-wolf control Game Board. Now, wolves are being chased down with planes and slaughtered like vermin. Is this democracy?

Gov. Murkowski's policy on wolf control is contrary to the will of the people, and it could have ripple effects in our economy. The boycott against tourism because of wolf control is already producing trip cancellations to our state. But, the governor doesn't seem concerned about the impact of his policy on our $2 billion-a-year tourism industry. And he, of all people, should understand that the national outrage over wolf control will only increase the resistance in Congress to opening ANWR to oil development and to passing incentives for a gas line.

Now, as if killing wolves was not enough, Sen. Ralph Seekins has introduced a bill to allow same day airborne hunting of grizzly and black bears. Here again is a wildlife management policy that the majority of Alaskans do not support. The only thing out of balance in Alaska is the democratic process.

-- John Johnson / Anchorage

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