Murkowski Stacked Game Board with Pro-Predator
the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / February 28, 2004
Johnny Ellis submitted a bill to establish a Board of
Wildlife representing all Alaskans. The Board of Game
is the worst "Good Old Buddy" club
in Alaska. Gov. Frank Murkowski, when appointing six members to a seven-member
board serving staggered three-year terms, displayed just whom the board represents.
How did this happen? Past nominees who were not staunch predator control advocates
were not confirmed by a Legislature controlled by Alaska's hunting club, the
Alaska Outdoor Council. Holding six openings for several years assured extreme
predator control measures would be implemented throughout Alaska under a radical
Board members say they listen to all points of view, but how do they vote? Every
predator control request is quickly approved, but non-consumptive requests are
rejected. We hear board leaders say they must respond to predator control requests
even when Fish and Game says it can't justify them. The six bulls per 100 cows
ratio at McGrath was ignored in order to start aerial wolf hunting. Land-and-shoot
hunting is prohibited near villages where it would be of most help to rural residents.
Anchorage and Fairbanks hunters love this board. A Board of Wildlife is the only
way to have every Alaskan truly represented.
Is an initiative required to get a Board of Wildlife? I'll bet yes.
-- Leo Keeler / Anchorage
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