Bill Sherwonit's Feb. 19 Compass piece "Board should include voice for nonconsumptive residents," pointed to control of major Alaska wildlife management issues by the Board of Game, which is composed entirely of hunters and trappers. These issues -- affecting wildlife and people -- include predator control by aerial killing, wolverine trapping in Chugach State Park and taking bears in the Katmai National Park Preserve. The public has been very outspoken in its opposition to many of the board's positions concerning these and other issues, and there have been numerous requests for a more balanced board -- one that also includes the needs of subsistence and nonconsumptive users.
New proposals discussed at the current board's meeting in Fairbanks included greatly increasing areas of predator control and even killing bears and wolf pups in their dens.
Unfortunately, Gov. Sarah Palin's values, as evidenced in her selections for Board of Game members, are but a mirror of the views and opinions of the Alaska Outdoor Council, not of the 85 percent of Alaskans who do not hunt or trap!
Many Alaskans agree with Native leader and Ahtna president Ken Johns. Johns specifically addressed the need for a more balanced board, one that will also represent both subsistence and nonconsumptive users.
Gov. Palin, you pledged to be a governor for all Alaskans -- please act on this!
-- Bobbe Reilly