Sen. Johnny Ellis bill to restructure the Board of Game to the Board of Wildlife
is not only misguided but also misinformed. Alaska's wildlife populations are
extremely important to most of us. Whether providing food for our families or
offering the enjoyment of experiencing animals in their natural setting, Mr.
Ellis fails to understand the Board of Game originated from the principles set
forth to balance wildlife populations as well as to provide surplus animals,
seasons and bag limits. When balance is achieved, Alaskans have more opportunity
to hunt and view more animals; a win-win situation for everyone, including the
Mr. Ellis has a preconceived notion that the current panel of board members only
listens to hunters and trappers. On the contrary, these board members have carefully
studied 300 proposals, answered endless phone calls from the public (including
representatives from groups such as Defenders of Wildlife), obtained local knowledge
from various user groups, and reviewed extensive agency information.
the good senator and his ilk base their legislation on
science instead of emotion and political posturing, the
people of Alaska will not support changing the Board
of Game into the Board of Wildlife.