same wildlife "experts" who prevented the public
from voting on rural subsistence now want an urban, recreational
"consumption" preference. "Consumptive priority"
ensures that any extra moose produced by killing wolves (justified
by "rural," "village," "subsistence"
needs) are "harvested" by well-fed, road network
hunters who can swoop in with aircraft and tracked vehicles.
Alaska's wild resources are being managed as recreational
hunter welfare, and as economic subsidies for vehicle dealers,
wolves are essentially being killed to "feed"
Sen. Ralph Seekins. He claims a "subsistence heritage,"
but "subsists" as a high-volume vehicle dealer.
priority keeps the "needy" subsistence rabble
from interfering with his recreational, fly-in hunts.
uniform meanings of basic terms are fundamental to "scientific"
game management. However, game managers (and hunters) bombard
the public with an emotionally-charged lingo of interchangeable,
culinary references. "Sustenance," "depend
on," "food on the table," "livestock,"
"feeding Alaskans" and "consumption"
are fancy words for "eating." If hunters can afford
fleets of expensive vehicles, then "eating" is
not a "priority."
bridges fall, engineers are blamed. When wildlife populations
fall, it's "wolves of mass destruction." Public
wildlife initiatives -- such as "no same-day vehicle-borne
hunting," or "no hunting within a mile of road
or vehicle" -- will eliminate phony subsistence and
restore hunted-out wildlife populations better than yet
more misleading game management mumbo-jumbo framed into
Rudy Wittshirk / Willow