Ralph Seekins has launched an all-out war against Alaska's
predators. During the last legislative session he spearheaded
SB 155, which overturned the people's vote on land-and-shoot
hunting of wolves, legalized gunning wolves from the air,
and abolished the fish and game commissioner's ability to
decide if aerial wolf control is warranted. SB 155 also empowered
the Board of Game to institute aerial killing even when moose
and caribou numbers are determined by the Alaska Department
of Fish and Game to be sufficient to meet hunter needs.
Feb. 6, Sen. Seekins introduced SB 297, targeting both brown
and black bears on about 20 percent of state land year-round.
If passed, hunters could shoot females with cubs or cubs on
their own that are 1 year of age. They could take bears using
airplanes, snowmachines, four-wheelers or any motor vehicle.
They could train them to come to bait stations or attract
them with electronic predator calls for easy killing. They
could use electronic devices to coordinate hunts.
and bears help keep moose and caribou populations healthy.
They have co-existed for thousands of years in a manner that
has enabled over a million moose and caribou to live in harmony
with their Alaska environment. To manage wolves and bears
as if they were vermin is ill-advised.
Paul Joslin, Wildlife Director / Alaska Wildlife Alliance