Open Letter to Governor Parnell
I am an Alaskan who is interested in wildlife and how it is managed. I have been increasingly disappointed in the direction that Alaskan wildlife managers are taking, especially with regards to wolves and bears. I want to thank you for postponing the decision to allow the practice of bear snaring in the state until 2012.
I'm sure you recognize that the snaring of bears, which hasn't been allowed since statehood, is very controversial and deserves a complete scientific review and meaningful input from the public and stakeholders.
The Board of Game, who represents a small slice of Alaskans, is completely out of balance and out of control. Their single focused agenda is not only contrary to public opinion, but is not scientifically defensible. I urge you to recruit qualified members who will represent a broader spectrum of values and interests to fill the three seats that will open up this year.
I am one of the many Alaskans who value wildlife and believe that science and not politics should be the backbone of our wildlife management policies.
Thank you for your consideration.