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UPDATE: The poll is now closed. Thanks for participating, everyone.


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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!

Thanks, everyone!

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.

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Adin-Jenks Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
The elimination of 2-5 packs is kind of a big deal. They are acting like that is barely anything. That reshapes territories and does all sort of other things to the population.

I was totally amused by being called a wolfaboo on the comments portion of the vote though. If they think that their stance is so strong then why don't they make a journal on reasons why people should give the go ahead for control measures. It's all about informing people and letting them make their own decisions rather than calling poeple stupid because they oppose someone wanting to eat wild game at the expense of other wildlife. -endrant-
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marianoleonardi Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Voted. ;)

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Destiny49 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
I can't stand the hunting of wolves, there used to be wolves where I live now but hunting and habitat destruction drove them out
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BI0TERR0R Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wolves? Why not the countless other animals that are effected by hunting?
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Destiny49 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
well, any animal except deer, we have so many where I live that it is considered "over populated"
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BI0TERR0R Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Deer are hardly the only animals that are over populated.

Besides in some areas wolves are over populated as well.
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Destiny49 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
dude, I'm going to be straight with you, I honestly don't keep track of this kind of stuff. I'm no hardcore activist. I work with sharks most of the time and I may love wolves and agree that deforestation is a horrible thing but I wouldn't go picketting if I had a choice between that and going out on my boat and fishing with friends. I'll sign any petition that involves the protection of wildlife, just don't try to get me to care if there is overpopulation of other species.
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BI0TERR0R Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist

Ignorance is bliss eh?
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Destiny49 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
not really, I just choose not to get very involved because me going to a rally won't do anything except waste my time and money. besides I work 84 hour weeks depending on the weather
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BI0TERR0R Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That doesn't justify ignorance.
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