Governor's Game Board Doesn't Represent all Alaskans
Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / April 23, 2004
Does our current Board of Game represent all Alaska viewpoints? This question
needs to be contemplated by each and every Alaskan. The board callously promotes
killing wolves and continually manages wildlife in ways that desecrate natural
Board of Game member Mike Fleagle recently wrote editorials bashing an ad campaign
that publicizes the board's management techniques. These nationwide ads detail
several of the board's recent deplorable actions, including permitting gunmen
in aircraft to slaughter wolves, allowing moose calves to be shot, and liberalizing
certain regulations to initiate a future assault on Alaska's bears. These ads,
in addition to organized public protests throughout the country questioning Alaska's
wildlife policy, are intended to encourage people to unite against outdated forms
of wildlife management that disregard public wishes and skirt scientific credibility.
Forms of management that our own state's Board of Game are actively administering.
I urge everyone to speak up and tell the board that its actions are unacceptable
and that we value natural ecosystems, not game farms.
Killing Alaska wolves from airplanes is an issue that everybody should be concerned
about, non-Alaskans included. Murkowski and his appointed Board of Game are embarrassing
Alaska by reverting to archaic methods that encourage rampant over-exploitation
of the state's wildlife. The Board of Game does not represent me. Leave the wolves
-- Jeff Schively / Girdwood
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