Wildlife Management at a crossroads

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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