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Fish and Game Operates Under Squeaky-Wheel Method of Control

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / April 21, 2007

I find it appalling to know that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is again taking aim at another species in Alaska. It seems Fish and Game and the Board of Game are hellbent to kill anything that moves. I think the real problem here is not the number of bears or wolverines, but a government agency that consistently neglects wildlife management issues until things get out of control or they are lobbied by special-interest groups. They then go down the list authorizing killing different species until the public speaks up; then they back off. They are operating under the idea that something will stick eventually and the public will lose interest.

Bears are not the problem when it comes to moose. The Glenn and Parks highways took down hundreds of moose this winter. Urban sprawl reroutes moose away from natural habitat and onto highways. It's time for wildlife managers to get their house in order and stop grasping at straws and finding excuses for not doing their job in the first place.

---- Joseph Slagle / Palmer

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