BOG experience leaves reader trapped

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2005

I'm writing in response to the recent incidents that have occurred on public lands between recreational users, their dogs and trapping.

I became familiar with this issue last year when a dog was killed in the Chugach National Forest in a Conibear trap near the Russian Lakes trail head. I couldn't believe that a trap could be legally set within a few yards of a trail head creating conflict and public safety concerns.

I then researched, networked with other "nonconsumptive users" and found out this problem has affected more people than I ever imagined.

A group of us then submitted a proposal to the Board of Game not banning trapping outright but simply banning instant-killing traps, or Conibear traps, from within 50 yards of public-use facilities and trail heads.

The proposal was denied because the BOG claimed they don't deal with public safety issues.

Whose responsibility is it then? That is the question a few of us want answered, and we also want action to be taken to protect "nonconsumptive" users and their families while enjoying Alaska's public lands.

As population and the use of our trails grow, land managers need to do what's right and take precautionary measures to protect all users.

If you have had negative interactions with traps or want to get involved with this issue, contact me at Bobbiejo@akcenter.org.

Bobbie Jo Skibo, Bird Creek

Businesses help thirsty students

Kenai Central High School staff would like to thank Kenai Peninsula Coca Cola and Three Bears for generously donating water for our students taking the state mandated tests April 5, 6 and 7.

Gary Toombs and Dave Weisz did not hesitate to make a contribution to our students. Each day of testing, students were supplied with bottled water donated by these businesses.

Thank you again. Our students and staff greatly appreciate your support of our school and students.

Dennis Dunn, Principal, Kenai Central High School



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