Victoria Briggs: Predator Control

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Feb 3, 2010

Alaska Game Board shoots down predator control provision

This issue is one that is hard for many of us to wrap ourselves around as not only Alaska residents but also as US residents.
First off this decision involves only an area that the ANCHORAGE Fish and Game Advisory had made a recommended an action on. This is NOT for the entire state.

I believe it is an allocation issue as it is between the user groups of the hunters of the area, then Alaskan residents hunters and finally as US residents hunters who come up to hunt.
I also agree that predator control and allocation are both issues that need to be taken on a case by case basis.

The residents and the state need to make a concerted effort, in my view, to bring all the stake holders to the table to work out a plan for each area that manages for a healthy stock resource, then the rest of the issues will fall into place.

Putting revenue generating above anything else is a short term effort and one the state should trend lightly with.

Alaska Game Board shoots down predator control provision

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Board of Game has shot down a provision that would have prevented nonresidents from hunting in predator control areas where subsistence needs aren’t being met.

The seven-member board voted against the proposal Monday brought to the board by the Anchorage Fish & Game Advisory Committee.

Click HERE to read the whole story in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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