of Cub Capture, Bear Baiting by Board
of Game Member is Absurd
to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / June 19, 2004
could not believe the audacity of Pete Buist's letter
to ban bear baiting goes too far, as cub incident shows," June 10).
First of all, Buist is a Board of Game member who at the last meeting in Fairbanks
acted as ringleader for the biggest attacks on Alaska's predators that this state
has ever seen, including the sale of bear parts.
It is already illegal to feed or bait brown bears. Come on, Pete, you know this.
The anti-bear baiting initiative has nothing to do with this situation. Attempting
to link the two reminds me of some of the campaign ads going on right now for
the Senate race.
Mr. Buist is a prime example of why we need professionals managing this great
state's wildlife, not egotistical maniacs. We need a science-based board of wildlife
that respects the views of all stakeholders (including hunters and trappers,
subsistence lifestyles and wildlife watchers) and that models the diversity of
the people of this great state.
-- Margie Warnke / Anchorage
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