Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 6:54 PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Board of Game ignored the fact that area moose population healthy

Albert Einstein once said that the only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance. The Alaska Board of Game was not ignorant of the facts, but chose to be arrogant and ignore them. The facts being area biologists findings that the moose population near Homer and Anchor Point is generally healthy and is currently in the middle of their objective numbers.

An article in a local paper advised that the moose population in this area has even increased from 1992 to 2010 by 30 percent. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has already received funding to conduct moose studies and wolf control in March. Why then spend upwards of $1 million for controversial aerial wolf control before those findings are presented? Is it no small wonder that citizens question state government budget management?

In many areas of the United States, people have moved in destroying the natural resources and the indigenous flora and fauna. We in Alaska have the opportunity to learn from these mistakes. Many tourists come to the Kenai Peninsula to view its stunning vistas and enjoy the diverse wildlife. With gunfire emanating from airplanes in a populated region, wolves may not be the only species exposed to danger.

If you are concerned about this, please contact your legislators. People can make a difference. Dont sit back. The first step is to do something.

Cindy Birkhimer