Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:55 PM on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Time to clean up Board of Game




It's sad that the Board of Game didn't regard public comment, sentiment or even their own biologists and scientists in their decision to gun down peninsula wolves. Board of Game's own Ted Spraker is quoted as saying: "There wasn't much debate on the need to do it, it was kind of how to do it."

Well, Mr. Spraker, there was plenty of debate. It was just that the Board of Game chose not to listen to it. I believe this was a done deal from the start and the listening of public comment was just a ruse to placate the majority. Big money trophy outfitters and tour operators will applaud this action that the majority of Alaskans view as a tragedy and an embarrassment, and I doubt the wolves think too much of it either.

Aerial predator control has been proved ineffective in other areas. Why does the Board of Game think this time is different?

I, for one, would like to see a cleaning of house on the Board of Game starting at the top. Let's put in place a board that listens to Alaskans, the Constitution and sound wildlife principles and not big money trophy outfitters or others that make a profit on moose.

It's funny that the forest fires of 1947 and 1969 rebounded moose populations without the aid of an aerial slaughter of wolves. Maybe we should learn from that lesson and start with habitat regeneration rather than waging a war on wolves.

Scott Van Hoozer

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