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No Science in Aerial Wolf Hunting


Letters / Kenai Peninsula Clarion / February 11, 2006

It's no surprise the Seekins/AOC wolf killing program, already unpopular with most Alaskans, was recently judged to be illegal. Implemented by Sen. Ralph Seekins in circumvention of the voters' will, supported by the most despised governor in Alaska's state history, also supported by his politically appointed Fish and Game commissioner, it has already seen two convictions for illegal hunting, and an indiscriminate application by a Board of Game, whose members are all AOC and most of whom are in the business of killing wildlife.

Oddly enough, the Department of Fish and Game as administered by McKie Campbell never noticed the illegality of the program in view of the BOG's own regulations (which they had created then consistently failed to follow).

Despite attempts by such AOC notables as Rod Arno and Dick Bishop to trivialize the judge's decision as being based on technicalities, the fact is essential scientific data were sorely absent as were required justifications and other findings all of which demonstrate how little science was involved in these decisions.

So what does it all boil down to? An illegal program that has operated more along the lines of a vendetta, a program opposed (according to the latest polls) not only by a majority of Alaskans but even a majority of Alaska hunters. A program that Ralph Seekins, despite obvious public disapproval, is going to do his best to force on us again as he pursues his obsession with the decimation of our wolf population.

Through the political process, through the Board of Shame, we have seen the AOC hijack our state wildlife management efforts with intensive management and now with aerial hunting.

Ben Franklin once responded to a blowhard in a way which, paraphrased, addresses the claims of Murkowski, Campbell, Bishop, Arno and the Board of Shame: The science to which they allude is sound; nothing but sound.
Art Greenwalt / Fairbanks

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