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Trigger-Happy Game Board Members Should be Evicted by the Governor

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / April 21, 2007

I am outraged by the Alaska Board of Game. Its recent endorsement of wolverine trapping in Chugach State Park, land-and-shoot black bear hunting with no bag limits in Unit 16, and encouragement of gunning wolves by helicopter and reinstating bounties (euphemistically called "incentives") for every wolf killed are sordidly regressive. What will the board approve next? Make your objections known on proposals before they become regulations.

There are seven members on the board. Terms are three years and expire March 1, staggered according to the date of appointment. Coming up for reappointment in 2008 are Ron Somerville and Paul Johnson. Interestingly, Somerville (who was encouraged to step down as chair by Gov. Sarah Palin after he made inappropriate racial remarks) voted against wolverine trapping in Chugach State Park, as did Ben Grussendorf. The others were all in favor.

Get specifics on how members are voting. Let Gov. Palin know that we need replacements who will bring balance to the board. Encourage her to appoint persons who have worked for national or state parks, who understand the meaning of the word conservation.

---- Anne Coray / Port Alsworth

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