'Final Frontier' Days are Over; Wildlife
is Valued for its Own Sake
to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / March 8, 2004
hand-picked Board of Game is reviewing numerous proposals
this week that will have devastating, long-term effects
on wolf and bear populations. The board represents only
the interests of hunters and trappers. Alaska is no longer
the "final frontier" and many Alaskans, contrary to popular
party line, value wildlife for its own sake. Ecotourism
and wildlife viewing have become a vital part of Alaska's
economy and will likely become more so as the state's
finite resources run dry. These Alaska values and interests should be represented
when considering such far-reaching proposals.
Hunting and wildlife preservation can coexist if managed with care, using "real" science.
The Murkowski administration has successfully hobbled the state agencies previously
in place to provide checks and balances for effective management of the state's
precious resources. The Board of Game has been given the green light to destroy
animal populations based on the interests of the few. Subsistence, we support.
Merciless extermination, we do not.
This administration threatens the long-term viability of Alaska's ecosystems
and economy. We must demand a more democratic decision-making process and bring
balance back into wildlife and resource management practices in Alaska.
-- Kirsten Angell / Anchorage
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