On game policy and free expression

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2004

In response to Sally Ann Cavanaugh's letter regarding Brad Nelson: The same right that allows you to complain about the Juneau Empire printing someone's letter and state that you believe the author "never achieved education past the sixth grade" allows Mr. Nelson to state his opinions just the same. The Juneau Empire is simply printing those opinions as an unbiased third party. Mr. Nelson's letter is written in a satirical sense, with good use of sarcasm to get his point across. Rather than personally attacking the author, your words may have been better served to clarify your own statements and opinions. Of course, this is just my own opinion. You don't have to agree with it - you don't even have to read it - but I'm free to state it nonetheless.

With regard to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and their mission "to protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game and aquatic plant resources of the state," I believe your interpretation of this is a bit skewed. The last time I looked up the definition of "game" as used in this mission statement, it referred to wild animals hunted for sport or food. I may be totally off-base here, but I don't believe that wolves in the Juneau area are considered game. If this is true, it would not be ADF&G's job to have anything to do with this lone animal unless it became a danger to true game animals, fish or aquatic plants. Even if this wolf were considered game, ADF&G's job would then be to ensure its survival and continued procreation so that at some point, it could be killed for sport or food. Until you locate an organization that is truly responsible for the relocation of forlorn, packless wolves, someone's going to need funding to move it, whether donated or obtained elsewhere. That is unless you want to consider Mr. Nelson's option and valiantly stroll through the wilderness with this wolf, hand-in-paw, until you come across its long-lost pals.

As always, thank you, Juneau Empire, for giving us this forum to freely express our opinions, no matter how unpopular or disagreed with they may be.

Jason Soza


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