August 29, 2008
Discussion Topic: Alaska’s Predator Control Initiative Shot Down
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
A ballot initiative that would end the state's predator control program as now conducted was failing at the polls . . . .
With 70 percent of the votes counted, the measure was lagging with more than 55 percent of voters saying no. . . .
The state's predator control program, . . . now operating in five areas of Alaska, is designed to help boost moose and caribou numbers. . . .
Cliff Judkins, board game chairman, said he can understand why people don't much like predator control but wants Alaskans to know it is done as a last resort.
"There is just no other way to reduce the wolves," he said. . . .
No one needs moose and caribou meat so much that wolves and bears need to be shot from the air, said Breffny Conley, 48, of Chugiak, as he prepared to vote.
"I think it is morally wrong. That is a sport for cowards," he said. "God gives us things on earth that you can work for or steal. That's stealing."
What do you think?