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ALASKA's Fish and Game Officials Sink to New Low With Bear Snaring

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has sunk to a new procedural and, I believe, ethical low in its bear snaring proposals for the upcoming special Board of Game meeting Oct. 8-12 in Anchorage. By attempting to classify black bears as "furbearers"


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reka b (7)
Monday October 11, 2010, 1:13 am

Monday October 11, 2010, 1:15 am

Past Member (0)
Monday October 11, 2010, 4:15 am
Go for new.

Terry King (113)
Monday October 11, 2010, 5:07 am
I don't understand why the hell we're so intent on killing all our predators!

Carlos L (1)
Monday October 11, 2010, 5:22 am
This is just another indecent reminder of the way some people think and act towards wildlife in general. Sadly, the government of Alaska seems to be on the forefront of retrograde thinking and acting.

Cheryl B (64)
Monday October 11, 2010, 7:27 am
so sad

Gary C (5)
Monday October 11, 2010, 7:39 am
Stupidity and crueity and backward thinking ,Who's paying you Alaska fish and game? ,the people of Alaska or the big game hunters, because this isn't sound science or thinking... Get real Alaskan Fish and game and treat all Alaskan wildlife with the respect it so rightly deserves and leave the bears alone.....

Trish K (93)
Monday October 11, 2010, 7:58 am
Stupid, Sad, Eliminators of our Perfect Eco System.

Josh Townsend (34)
Monday October 11, 2010, 11:25 am
Is this a joke? How can this be happening?

Bill K. (0)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:17 pm
Absolutely ridiculous!

KAREN L (10)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:27 pm
My cousin's daughter works to save the bears in Alaska...........makes me sick to think what she's up against!

Roger S (18)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:27 pm
This is the same state....that allows wolves to be shot from planes, & burial of live wolf pups, in there dens! Just so there is more game for the hunters 2 shoot! Plus, we've Alasks 2 thank for Sarah Palin!

tom Booth (84)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:32 pm
sadand embarrasing- what else will they try

Paul Harrison (26)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:36 pm
once agin,Extremely saddened! when you think these foklks can't sink to a new low...THEY DO! very,Cruel
and needless!
Thanks for the story!

Carrie B (306)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:46 pm
There are too many backward thinking people in Alaska! For every 1 person who wants to help their state preserve its wildlife there are 20 wanting to destroy it!

Christine A (57)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:47 pm
Makes one wonder whose side the Alaska Fish and Game officials are on! Seems like they are determined to wipe out all those species they are supposed to be protecting. Frankly, they should all be fired, as they are obviously biased, stupid, cruel and have no imagination or wide view of the future!

Any kind of trapping especially leg hold trapping is barbaric and belongs to the middle ages, not the 21st century! There is no necessity at all to kill these animals. It is shameful and should be stopped. I am totally disgusted with Alaska's attitude towards their wildlife. First the wolves, now the bears!

Judith H (27)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:49 pm
Old way is best! Hope they remember one thing.......You fool with Mother Nature, she is going to fool right back! :(

Past Member (0)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:49 pm
People there's a new kind of genocide KILLING ANIMALS

Catrina Velez (46)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:55 pm
I am sick and tired of hearing Alaska residents say, "Well, you guys down there don't have any idea what it's like up here; they can't bring in those oil drilling rigs fast enough! Gosh, I want a bear rug!"" And at the same time, the Alaska license plate has a big picture of a live bear on it. "You just don't understand! Everybody up here needs to have a plane; it's the only way to get from here to there and you tree huggers would complain about destroying the permafrost if we started building roads." But shooting animals from planes??? Drilling in Alaska winters? Gouging a huge mine into Bristol Bay?? Somebody ought give the wolves, bears, moose and caribou an anti-aircraft gun and then let Sarah Palin fly her Cessna with her peashooter.

Mimi Forsyth (0)
Monday October 11, 2010, 12:59 pm
this is disgusting and amoral

Randall Gloege (0)
Monday October 11, 2010, 1:02 pm
Bear snaring. We might just as well snare Mama Palin which at least would do the world some good. Besides, bears are more attractive.

Justin R (0)
Monday October 11, 2010, 1:38 pm
So what if they are furbearers. The officials are morons and too stupid to create employment for the population thus killing is the next best thing.

How about eco-tourism to view the bears in the natural surrounding?

. (1)
Monday October 11, 2010, 2:11 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Monday October 11, 2010, 3:14 pm
Is Alaska some sort of colony for animal abusers and their supporters?

Barbara V (51)
Monday October 11, 2010, 3:33 pm
Seems as though Alaskans are the most horrible, rotten SOB's in the book when it comes to animals. I specifically mean Sarah Palin and her ilk with the wolves, now it's bears. Disgusting. Why doesn't somebody throw these pigs out?

Carol H (229)
Monday October 11, 2010, 3:37 pm
thanks wolfweeps, noted

Susan Pernot (75)
Monday October 11, 2010, 3:40 pm
friggin' rednecks

Nancy sands (448)
Monday October 11, 2010, 3:41 pm
Give these poor animals a break!

Marie G (0)
Monday October 11, 2010, 3:48 pm
Sink to a new low? This is the LOWEST OF THE LOW! Instead of "managing wildlife", they should be "managing PEOPLE". I know why they've got it in for the poor bears - they are getting rich on slaughtering these beautiful beasts JUST TO PROVIDE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WITH BEARSKINS FOR THE HEADS OF THE GUARDSMEN ! ! ! ! and just because the Government refuses to listen to our pleadings for them to start using one of the excellent FAUX FURS that are available today. AND OF COURSE HUNTERS ARE BLOODTHIRSTY PEOPLE AND SHOULD BE SUITABLY "MANAGED" ALSO !

Valjean O (23)
Monday October 11, 2010, 3:51 pm
NO! This is not sound science. This is myopic and bathed in more stupidity. We may need a petion started here???

Sylvia W (46)
Monday October 11, 2010, 3:51 pm
Appalling - just one more chip in the image Alaska has spent decades building - pitiful :-(

Melissah C (389)
Monday October 11, 2010, 4:27 pm

Janet R (38)
Monday October 11, 2010, 4:48 pm
Kill, kill, kill, is that all anyone thinks of? Why can't species besides the human species be allowed to live their lives in peace without fear of being killed by stupid humans? Every day, it seems to get worse not better. 1 step 3 steps back...

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Monday October 11, 2010, 5:30 pm
"Why doesn't somebody throw these pigs out?"

Nah, bring them back, pigs are much superior to Palins (and Palindrones).

Christine S (134)
Monday October 11, 2010, 6:01 pm
Shooting bears is bad enough, but to cause them such pain with a leg-hold trap- hours of suffering before a hunter decides to check the trap and then shot the poor thing, is terrible. Alaskan officials are claiming the bears are killing all the moose and caribou- is there any proof that bears are actually running down the moose or caribou (I guess maybe calves)- or are the bears just eating carcasses of animals killed by poor nutrition. Alaska needs to make sure the moose numbers aren't dropping just because there isn't enough forage, or there are too many ticks or parasites causing malnutrition...

Gloria H (88)
Monday October 11, 2010, 6:03 pm
Where's the petition for this one? The only bears left in Alaska will be kid's teddy bears. Hope all the hunters have to take a dump in the woods "do bears s..t in the woods?" and a bear comes along, takes advantage of the "sit"uation, and bites their heads off!

Nina Council (1)
Monday October 11, 2010, 6:56 pm
I am appauled at all of the excuses made to kill, kill, kill. Predators are part of all that is natural. It seems that Alaska and Alaska's politics are intent on killing all the existing wildlife, mostly due to greed, ignorance, and a control mentality. The killing must stop, and nature be allowed to regain the natural balances. Hasn't man destroyed enough. Better to concentrate on Global Warming, and the serious issue of human over population and growing.

Clifton Jackson (124)
Monday October 11, 2010, 8:01 pm
This is Sick!!! :^(

James M (2)
Monday October 11, 2010, 8:13 pm
because its the right thing to do

janet f (29)
Monday October 11, 2010, 9:06 pm
What the hell is wrong with Alaskans? Their thinking when it comes to animals and the environment is so screwed up. They just want to eliminate everything that moves. Do you suppose they stay up nights thinking this stuff up? As for the Alaska dept of fish and game, they might as well call themselves the dept of environmental and animal elimination.

Tony Fields (342)
Monday October 11, 2010, 10:36 pm
the Alaskan g'ment sux!!!

Gwen Hillman (11)
Monday October 11, 2010, 10:49 pm
There are good people out there and that they far outnumber the bad and the rotten and the disgusting, I know this - but, my gosh, at times it seems that the reverse is true. I HATE (strong word, I know - but true) people more and more every day and when I read things like this, where animals are being murdered by people that are supposed to care for them - I get so angry that I could do actual physical harm to them. I am actually getting a headache now, just thinking about this.

kathie f (1)
Monday October 11, 2010, 10:57 pm
these people also allow the killing of wolves and mooses by helicopter. these fools should take a look at africa; at the start of the twentieth century before "big game hunting" and "safaris" took over, there were plenty of elephants, hippos, rhinos, gorillsa, wildebeests, oryx, sable antelope, lions, leopards, etc. etc. now many of these are endangered. and hey! once they"re gone, they're gone forever! and for what? a head on a wall? a chinese virility powder? an umbrella stand? alaska is already endangered by the big oil interests; there is a unique ecosystem in place, and we are upsetting it. this is deplorable.

Norma Robbins (0)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 12:39 am
How very sad. People are so cruel. It's like they don't have any sense of humanity, or decency. They must hate animals. Just when you think these kind of people can't sink any lower, they do.

Colin Hope (243)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 12:52 am
Seems like Alaska is only learning how to do things from our past history.
It's about time they learn from our present, like snaring the hunters like we are starting to do here in South Africa with our Rino poaching issues!
We have got to nail them!!

David K (0)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 2:41 am
In the wolves' case Farley Mowat demonstrated that wolves were nature's sheepdogs respecting caribou, merely culling the weak and sickly individuals. I expect that it is the same for bears. Trapping with leghold traps is just as barbaric as it is possible to imagine. They are now prohibited in most civilised countries. What more can be expected from Sarah Palin, a typical redneck I fear.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 4:14 am
Relying on science and reason would probably smack of government control and regulation to them. No doubt they know what to do about bears just by the the fact that they've got testosterone and tradition. People like that will stand in the way of any improvement or reasonable management.

Linda F (4)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 6:37 am
This is very sad to see Alaska's Fish and Game is stooping this low, and being pressured by trophy hunters. Who is paying who here! These men and woman are there to support nature. Trapping is cruel, barbaric, and the last group you would think who would implement this! Very sad indeed!

Debra Van Way (12)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 8:04 am
Oh, my gosh! Is it too late to kick Alaska out of the union? Those people have an IQ of 2 or what? Is the state motto-"If it has fur or feathers-kill it and in the most inhumane way you can think of!"? Alaska-you should be ashamed of yourself.

Pamela D (16)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 9:57 am
I am digusted that anyone who claims to love animals would use this cruel method even in the name of animal control. Not that shooting them from helecopters is any better. What prompts anyone from getting a thrill out of this? I just don't understand, can anyone from Alaska explain this to me? Does it make people feel big and bad because they killed an animal this way? To me they are just chicken-hearted; if they have to hunt, meet the bear on the ground and give it a fighting chance. I guess they are afraid THEY might actually get hurt. I have no repect at all for people like this or those that support it. It needs to be banned...I am for the petition.

Lidia E F (8)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 2:25 pm
How do they not see bears and other wild life as living breathing creatures with feelings?.They see them as inanimate objects that should be discarded because they infringed on so called human rightrs.These people make me sick.They need to take hundreds of hours of community and work alongside animals to see their beauty and importance.We are encroaching upon their world not the other way around.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 4:20 pm
Alaska used to have people who loved the land and the animals that inhabited it...then came big oil, and big guns followed.

Sharon S (8)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 11:44 pm
noted, will email my comment to Wolfsong@! What is wrong with people wanting to destroy nature to the extent of extinction? They are sick.

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 8:24 am
"You cannot currently send a star to Christine because you have done so within the last week."

Stupid rule.

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 8:43 am
"You cannot currently send a star to Gwen because you have done so within the last week."

Rhi,an Charlesworth (0)
Thursday October 14, 2010, 11:00 am
So so hard to understand why anyone would want to kill such beautiful creatures,what is wrong with the Human species.

Wolfweeps P (251)
Friday October 15, 2010, 2:58 pm
You are all getting green stars from me my wonderful Care 2 Family.
Your awesome, and so very accurate of your accessment of the problems here.
The problems for our wildlife and many environmental issues is because of the turnover rate of people moving here to Alaska.

1.} I have many years believed that the Fish & Game Dept. has been supported by our "good old boy network". Yes and the trophy hunters from the lower 48 and from around the world. They have slaughtered the planets predators for years, and the last of what is left in the North Americ & Canada will be wiped out as well.
The lies and hidden truth by those that blame the wolves, and grizzly's for the moose population has gone on for years. Here's the truth..check it out for yourself....its an eye opener. It angers me belief.
The Truth About Sarah Palin & Wildlife in Alaska

Sarah Palin Truth Squad....** Dedicated to Presenting the American Voters with ALL the Unvarnished Facts **

2.} We have the military. The thousands that get stationed at our bases under the mistaken impression that it's going to be adventure before they even step a foot in Alaska....they think they are going to experience and change Alaska to their belief system....hunt....hunt...hunt.
Please understand. Living in Alaska is it. But there are thousands that want to, so they come up here and immediately set about changing our wildlife laws, and environmental laws. And in the long run they rarely if ever last 2 years. They discover it's a rough life, and it comes without quick fixes. They leave a disaster in their wake, and our wildlife & environment suffers. They then pack up and leave their mess behind as we are left here trying to preserve the wilderness of Alaska and the wildlife we have left.

Catarina...I couldn't agree with you more about the attitudes of my fellow Alaskans :
....." I am sick and tired of hearing Alaska residents say, "Well, you guys down there don't have any idea what it's like up here; they can't bring in those oil drilling rigs fast enough! Gosh, I want a bear rug!"" And at the same time, the Alaska license plate has a big picture of a live bear on it. "You just don't understand! Everybody up here needs to have a plane; it's the only way to get from here to there and you tree huggers would complain about destroying the permafrost if we started building roads." But shooting animals from planes??? Drilling in Alaska winters? Gouging a huge mine into Bristol Bay?? Somebody ought give the wolves, bears, moose and caribou an anti-aircraft gun and then let Sarah Palin fly her Cessna with her peashooter "

These people are living in a self imposed bubble with their selfish attitudes and arrogance. Alaska isn't any different than the lower's about Alaska exist before it was discovered and exploited by anyone with greed, a bloodlust for trophies and the false belief that the oil here in Alaska is going to solve the worlds energy problems..Alaska will still exist long after the damage is done...and eventually with it's harsh weather it will return back to the wilderness as their vehicles rust out on their forecloseds home and polluted river and streams. Not to mention all the freaking garbage they pitch out their car windows when they falsely believe that they have not been seen doing it.....oh yes you have dude...and I know you heard my horn squawk when I saw you pitch your cigarette out the window too....
So those "You don't understand comments are just made by those that think they are better than the ordinary folk who struggle here in Alaska year after year because we love it here for the wildlife and wilderness and all that it entails....*S*
I promise you all that this Alaskan fights hard for our wolves and bears....we just don't get heard loud enough.

Edward M (8)
Saturday October 16, 2010, 7:06 am
Why not cut Alaska adrift and become 49 States.
The State of Alaska is an embarrassment to itself, let alone to the main, contiguous States that make up the USA.

Wolfweeps P (251)
Saturday October 16, 2010, 12:42 pm

I suggest you learn more about issues before you label and lump we Alaskans into the same mold. Thi.s is the last of the wild frontier, a beautiful place with so much diversity. Diversity in environemnt, nature, and wildlife.
It's a challenge on ALL levels.
Your comment is uneducated and an embarassment. WE are a part of humanity whether you want to accept that or not. We are just struggling against old ideas and good old fashion greed.

Roberto Vivas (48)
Sunday October 17, 2010, 1:06 pm
Please spare the animals.....shoot yourselves goddamn Hunters..

Klaus Peters (14)
Monday October 18, 2010, 5:36 am
Sure, lets kill everything for the sake of profit, When I was in Alaska one needed a licence to even shoot a fly. Now what, kill every thing, Alaska is one of the most beautiful and sensitive places I have ever been to, why destroy it? Sure, greed by a few.

Joy Dantine (13)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 6:04 pm
Item I: ethical government is down for the count.

Item II: humans have enough to eat without taking bears and bears food sources.
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