The presence of wolves in the country is dear to my heart. They mean wildness. Alaska is the last true frontier in the United States, and that is why I, and wolves, live here. Unfortunately, key decisions are being made regarding our wildlife resources through an unbalanced and unjust system which threaten these valuable animals.
Our state’s wildlife conservation decisions are made by the Board of Game (BOG), which is made up of seven Governor appointed members. My chief complaint is that the Board consists of strict proponents of consumptive uses, with almost no concern for the wildlife viewing sector. I feel that this will inevitably change with time as wildlife viewing continues to grow. I can understand how Alaska will likely value hunting over viewing and photography for some time, but I cant tolerate the sheer hatred of large predators that the BOG continues to illustrate.
In short, an issue has arisen on the Kenai Peninsula where natural habitat changes have resulted in a decrease in moose numbers. It is clear to biologists, such as Thomas McDonough of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, that higher moose numbers in the past resulted from historical wildfires in the 50’s and 60’s, which encouraged a boost in moose food (young aspens, willows and birches). Wolves arent the problem, it is the lack of recent fires which have caused moose numbers to fall. Some folks in the BOG don’t care about good science, they just hate wolves. They want to kill them with airplanes, to bring the moose numbers up. Is this still 1920? We have to put a stop to this. Read an article further explaining this issue by my friend Naomi Klouda of the Homer Tribune by CLICKING HERE.
You can write a letter to the BOG at this address:
Alaska Board of Game Board Support Section
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
Or Fax: 907-465-6094