Board of Game

Letter to the Editor / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / March 10, 2004

To the Editor:

The Board of Game can change its membership to 100 or 500 or 1,000 members; it can change its name 1,000 times--it does not really matter. As long as the members have the attitude and arrogance that exists now among them, nothing will change.

The people of Alaska are not stupid--they know that the "Board of Wildlife" is not an appropriate name for this group--they should call themselves the "Board of Butchers" since their main goal is to slaughter Alaska's wildlife in the most inhumane and heinous methods possible.

I find it interesting to note that less than 60 days ago, the board said that there was a shortage of moose because of wolf predation; yet a recent article in our local paper indicated the very same group stated that there is an overabundance of moose in the basin. They are " ...Iike carrots, they need to be thinned... " according to the board. Well, I have news for you--moose are not carrots. Now, this board says there are so many moose, the hunters need to start killing cows and calves. Only monsters would do this sort of thing. No "real" hunter with a heart would ever kill a calf.

I also find it interesting that among the 272 proposals initiated by this board, several deal with subsistence issues. It is no secret that the same group of men that are screaming for predator control (Murkowski, Seekins, Fate, Pete Buist, Fleagle and apparently the rest of the Board of Game and their followers) are adamantly anti-subsistence.

So what group is the next target after the wolves and bears are wiped out--subsistence hunters? At the rate the current Board of Game is going, they may be successful in wiping out all of Alaska's big game in about 10 years. Obviously, they don't care about future generations as long as they get what they want right now.

Sandra Sedwarft / Fairbanks


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