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The Killing Issue in Alaska

Letters / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / July 10, 2006


To the editor:

As the primaries approach, John Binkley has decided to ignore most Alaskans and curry favor with the Alaska Outdoors Council. His support of Murkowski's position on airborne killing ignores how twice a large majority of Alaskans voted against it.

Recent polls show 71 percent of Alaskan hunters and 83 percent of Alaskans in general disapprove of it. Two hunter/trapper organizations have written articles against the practice.

Meanwhile, Fish and Game, under orders from Murkowski (as he follows the AOC's lead) has cobbled together a report to try to justify the process even as the AOC-dominated Board of Game sets in motion regulations to allow snowmachine pursuit of wolves and the airborne pursuit and killing of pregnant females near term. Yet, while a majority of the constituency keeps saying "NO!"

Binkley supports it.

Experienced Alaskan wildlife biologists, former BOG members, even the American Society of Mammalogists have found the supposed science claimed by the BOG invalid or even missing as did a recent court decision against the board.

Former lieutenant governor Lowell Thomas Jr., hunters and trappers have come out against such methods.

And still Binkley favors airborne killing of our wildlife.

Sarah Palin has not yet taken a specific stand on airborne killing.

It will be interesting to see if she joins Murkowski and Binkley in ignoring the majority of the constituency or if she is the smart, independent thinker she presents herself to be.

Art Greenwalt / Fairbanks

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