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Help the McNeil Bear Sanctuary off linmits to hunting


Leave Game Management to Pros

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / February 17, 2009

In reference to Bill Sherwonit's letter of 2/1/09, "Bell represents game all right, but only game that hunters want." It seems in his attempt to discredit Bob Bell's compass article, he actually makes Bell's point. Mr. Sherwonit's letter leaves out pertinent information. He refers to Bell's "stubborn determination" to allow trapping in Chugach Park. He neglects to note that the Board of Game increased the no-trapping areas in the park and cut the trapping season for all furbearers in half, not only in the park but in a large area around the park. The intent of which was to reduce the number of animals trapped each season. These actions were taken to enhance the furbearers' population while still allowing multiuses in the park.

In regard to bears in Unit 16. There are twice as many bears in that unit as the moose population can support. Therefore almost all moose calves are devoured in their first few weeks of life. Therefore the moose population has crashed. Does Mr. Sherwonit really think the board should follow his advice rather than that of the department's biologists and the residents of Unit 16 as to how to manage those game populations I don't think so. The management of Alaska's game needs to continue to be done by professionals and not fringe groups represented by Mr. Sherwonit.

-- David G. Calderone

Anchorage AK

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