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Ignoring Voters

Letters / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / August 23, 2008


To the editor: 

The Palin administration, Alaska Outdoor Council and the Board of Game form a cabal whose last interest is honoring the will of Alaskan voters. As it applies to airborne predator killing, that will was made clear in 1996 and 2000.

Most of the scientific community have condemned the Board of Game's extreme, inadequately monitored, airborne killing programs. This condemnation list includes biologists within the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who must remain silent. The extreme nature of this crusade was underscored recently with the killing of 14 pups, pulled from their dens. We're not being told the extraction method (meat on a treble hook?). Initially ADF&G "forgot" to tell us it even happened. And they failed to call the zoo about probable placement.

Isn't it interesting that the ADF&G chose the time period just before an election to engage in a massive, unprecedented and one-sided "education" campaign about the joys of private pilots and their shotgunner sidekicks blasting away from aircraft? Just a coincidence the public and APOC are told. Anyone actually believing that please stop reading now and get back to explaining how global warming is just a myth.

Win or lose on Ballot Measure 2, it's time to reconfigure the Board of Game to be legally mandated to represent all Alaskans, not just the extremists within the hunting community. I intend to push for just such an initiative.

John Toppenberg, Director, Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Anchorage

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