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Wildlife Management at a crossroads

Posted: January 20, 2012 - 9:45am

During the Palin/Parnell era, ADF&G has, with its abundance based ideology (i.e. game ranching), become a socialistic entitlement agency that wants to put a moose/caribou in every hunter’s freezer — regardless of conservation principles or hunting ethics. To make matters worse, the BOG is aggressively trying to privatize Alaska’s wildlife resources by passing regulations that favor commercial hunting and commercial services for hunters, like expensive guided trips for non-residents. What is lost in this resource grab is the Constitutional mandate that says wildlife is a common use resource that needs to be managed for sustainability and diversity as well as abundance; a complex responsibility. All user groups deserve both respect and opportunity.

Speaking as both an Alaskan hunter and wildlife observer, I don’t think my nonconsumptive use of wildlife is given respect by the reigning ideology. Furthermore, as a hunter who prefers to use skills instead of motors, I think my opportunities to hunt are being compromised by BOG regulations that favor the industrial approach to hunting. The Rossi debacle makes clear that it’s time for change.

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AKNATUREGUY 01/21/12 - 01:13 am
BOG Refuses Modern Day Wildlife Management

Very well said, George!

The Palin/Parnell administration refuses to acknowledge that the cause of the decreased moose population is habitat deterioration, vehicle collisions and probably poaching. Both vehicle collisions with moose on the highways and illegal poaching can be addressed; if the Parnell Administration and BOG chose to do so. But Ted Spraker and the BOG refuse to tackle any of these issues.

The moose population on the Kenai Peninsula may never return to the numbers that would support commercial hunting by non-residents and guided services. The large increase in the human population on the Kenai Peninsula in recent years precludes allowing large scale fires to burn large areas naturally.

George Matz said it perfectly, " I don’t think my nonconsumptive use of wildlife is given respect by the reigning ideology". Why should wolves and bears be killed to artifically increase the moose population for a few resident hunters and wealthy non-resident big game hunters? This is not science based wildlife management. This is political based good ole boy ideology that will fail.

What a terrible legacy to leave our children and others who appreciate "Nature as it is". I am not sure how Spraker and the other BOG members sleep at night!

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