I've been a hunter and fisherman since I was 5 years old. I grew up with it in northern Minnesota. I have two remote cabins, had an airplane and have guided. I think I am a pretty good judge on what's happened to the moose on the peninsula. There are too many idiots on our highways, hitting moose when they should be off the cell phone.
People just don't look at all for moose. The air charters are dropping hunters off at every puddle that will support a plane, they're wiping the moose out, just like they did our caribou across the inlet by Iliamna Lake.
You can fly for three hours over there and not see a caribou. The terrain is all grown up to a mature (over mature) forest. Poaching is absolutely out of control, and Fish and Game has decided the tourists are more important than the locals and closed the brown bear season. Now they're eating fishermen there's so many. I am loving it.
We need to get the bunny huggers out of the picture and start using sound real management practices. Tell the tourists to go somewhere else. They better do something soon or my kids and grandkids will have squat.
This is no joke, I am serious as I can be: Open brown bear season now.
Are orcas involved in belugas decline?
I agree with Roxy Mills (Clarion, April 24) that human activities and pollution have negative effects on wildlife.
However, while it's easy to think that Cook Inlet beluga whales would be thriving if humans weren't around, that's not necessarily accurate.
One of my wife's friends recently put up some pictures on Facebook that were taken from a boat off Anchor Point. They show orcas eating a beluga.
Viewing them has caused me to wonder if competition between the two species for food resources or predation of belugas by orcas might be at least partly responsible for the reported decline in the local beluga population.
It would be interesting to find out if this has been studied by biologists and factored in as one of the reasons for the decline.
Given the small and isolated population of Cook Inlet belugas and their relatively slow reproductive rate, it wouldn't take too many incidents each year like the one photographed to keep beluga numbers down.
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