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UPDATE: The poll is now closed. Thanks for participating, everyone.
Please take some time to take part in a poll on whether the Board of Game on the Kenai Peninsula (southern Alaska) should adopt aerial predator control measures for wolves. One should think that it's clear by now that the aerial gunning has proven to be effective to kill wolves, but absolutely ineffective to "save moose" like it's always claimed to be.
The local newspaper "Peninsula Clarion" has the poll up on their website at < poll closed > - the voting is quite close, with a narrow majority of voters opposing such aerial control measures.
In support of an action alert from the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, please help and make sure you vote "No" on this poll. Let's take a stand against such plans and turn the voting result into a clear sign against such measures!
The URL again: < poll closed >
You will find the poll on the right hand panel.
Since the discussion on this heats up quite a lot, here's some factual background for a change on why I think the plans of the BOG should be opposed:
* The Alaska Department of Fish & Game's own evidence presented to the BOG in March concluded that predation was not the cause of declining moose populations on the Kenai.
* In Game Management Unit 15A, the ADF&G's own data concluded that poor habitat is responsible for fewer moose.
* In Unit 15C, according to the ADF&G's own analysis, moose populations are not declining. A cited low bull-to-cow ratio cannot be traced to wolf predation, and killing wolves does not negate hunters' prior overharvest of bull moose.
* Following the proposal, any private citizen with a permit not trained ADF&G biologists - will be allowed to shoot wolves from aircraft.
The BOG will vote on the proposal during their Nov. 11-14 meeting, so there will be very little time to give any input on that, if any, at all.
I believe that polls like this are the only chance for anyone of us to clearly position ourselves. If the poll was for Alaskans only, it wouldn't be freely accessible to anyone outside Alaska, right?
And one final remark:
I do not oppose hunting at all, and absolutely think that predator control measures are essential to minimize conflicts and ensure that conflict situations can be resolved.
However, lethal control measures should only be considered if there is a need for it, i.e. if it solves a problem that cannot be solved otherwise. In this case, in my opinion, this turns out not to be the case.