Is Alaska predator control all rubbish?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2007

Isn't it quite amazing that the Connecticut-based Friends of Animals, headed by Priscilla Feral, can be awarded $95,000 in attorney fees from the State of Alaska?

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This is one of the most frivolous lawsuits I've ever seen, backed by the decision of Anchorage Superior Court Judge Sharon Gleason. Do we need a change in our court system?

You would think that the Alaska Board of Game would know what's in the best interests of the state's citizens regarding predator control. Does Connecticut, which is 3,000 miles away, know what's best for Alaska?

I'm hoping Gov. Palin will put a stop to such nonsense and go forward with Alaska's aerial wolf-control program. The planting of wolves back in Wyoming in the Yellowstone National Park several years ago has raised a lot of concern about predator control. These predators have migrated into western Nebraska, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

There are a lot of families in Alaska that depend on wild game for their main source of food. Are we going to help these families with predator control or let the Friends of Animals control our department of game?

Dean Nielson

Hoonah



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