Decisions are made by those who show up. I guess I've learned my lesson in not attending or paying attention to the agenda of the Alaska Board of Game and the Palin administration. It is disheartening to hear of the lack of respect displayed by both bodies for those Alaskans who do not hunt or trap.
The recent decision to allow wolverine trapping in Chugach State Park, despite the admitted risk to hikers' dogs, is very upsetting. Especially when the response to concerns is that the Game Board doesn't actually expect any trappers to take advantage of the regulation. Equally as upsetting is Gov. Sarah Palin's decision -- instead of the more humane method of using trained employees in helicopters -- to encourage an altered wolf bounty that seems destined for abuse.
There is a difference between being squeamish and caring about wildlife in a different way than those who rely on wildlife harvest for economic or subsistence reasons. The latter should be considered a valid view by those making decisions on behalf of us all.
---- Rebecca King / Anchorage