I'm sure some of you have seen the articles in ADN about wolverine trapping in Chugach State Park. The state (ADF&G) opposed the proposal partially due to conflicts with dog owners in the areas the proposal would open up. Conflict between dog owners and trappers is commen in many areas of Alaska, and all over this country.
My question is: Are dog owners the preferred user? Should trappers always back off, or never go, where dog use is present. Do dog owners have more right to the use of Alaska's country side?
One big question in my mind is: Should the state give preferrance to one user group over another?
I think the states testimony at the BoG meeting sets a dangerous precedent for trappers. If trapping shouldn't be allowed in the back country of Chugach park,because of dog conflicts, why should it be allowed in other areas. Why not a trapping ban within 1 mile of all state maintained roads? How about "regularly" used trails?
I also think it is a mistake for the state to encourage, thru preferred user status, dog use in the back country. There are tales of dogs harassing wildlife in parts of this state. Dogs carry diseases and parasites that are transferrable to wildlife. I've seen wild dogs living in and around village dumps. In my mind, if any user group needs more regulation to use our wild areas, it's dog owners.
Anyway, what's your folks take on the subject?