Coalition supports measure to bar wildlife ballot initiatives

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A coalition in favor of wolf control passed two resolutions Wednesday, one in support of a ballot measure to end wildlife management by ballot initiative.

Groups attending a daylong conference in Anchorage also said they support efforts to oppose Ballot Measure 6, a referendum to repeal Senate Bill 267. The bill, sponsored by GOP Sen. Pete Kelly of Fairbanks, reinstated land-and-shoot hunting of wolves in areas designated by the Board of Game.

The law overturned a 1996 ballot initiative that barred land-and-shoot wolf hunting. Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed it, but the legislature overrode his veto.

The conference was hosted by the Abundant Wildlife Coalition, which consists of groups including the Alaska Trappers Association, the Bristol Bay Native Association, the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, the Alaska Professional Hunters Association and the Alaska Outdoor Council.

Backers of Ballot Measure 6 say they have 38,000 signatures in support of their position.

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