Board of Wildlife Would Signal Demise of
Hunting, Trapping in State
the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / February 28, 2004
initiative process has been undermined and corrupted by
the animal-left for too long. The true "enemies of the
state" (the Alaska Wildlife Alliance and the Defenders
of Wildlife) are going to attempt to hijack the Board of
Game through the dreaded initiative process this fall.
The animal-left's pre-eminent endeavor is to butcher sport,
subsistence and trophy hunting by serving on a Board of
What is the reason for changing the Board of Game? Do wildlife viewers and nonconsumptive
users have seasons, bag limits or limitations on their activities like hunters
and trappers do? Hunting and trapping have been around for millennia. If one
is philosophically opposed to hunting and trapping, then don't do it. However,
don't shove the animal-protectionist balderdash down the throat of outdoors people,
hunters and trappers by trying to seize the Board of Game and effectively abolishing
I believe that hunters and trappers should control the Board of Game. Nobody
is trying to outlaw, curtail or restrict nonconsumptive uses of wildlife, and
the board isn't pushing personal philosophies onto the public. I feel the reciprocal
is not true, though; an animal-protectionist board would definitely strive to
reduce, constrict and abolish hunting and trapping.
Hunters and trappers are the true conservationists and would never construct
policies to the detriment of animal populations. I cannot say the same for the
-- Timothy Christopherson / Anchorage
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