Received this today and thought you might want to know about it. I say No to HB 202
House Bill 202 sponsored by Eric Feige will change the way the Delta Bison are managed in the future. The Board of Game is meeting next week in Fairbanks and will make a decision on this.
The bill will:
· Increases the application fee for bison drawing permit from $10 to $20
· Require inclusion of “mitigation of bison damage to farm crops, and farm and personal property…” to game management plan.
· Authorized Commissioner of DNR to make grants to property owners for mitigating or preventing bison damage.
What this basically means is we will be paying the farmers to put up fences and any damage incurred. If a moose comes onto my property and destroys my fruit trees and eats my garden I do not expect the state to pay for damages and to build me a fence. That is my responsibility. The moose were here first and if I don’t want them on my property then I need to build a fence. Same with the bison. The bison were there well before any farmers and if they want to keep them off of their property then they should pay for the fence not us. I don’t mind paying more for bison application fees if the money goes to increase the heard size and management but I don’t want to pay for someone else’s property improvements.
If you agree with this please let send an email or fax to Darren Bruning, the Area Biologist in Delta Junction and he will pass your emails or faxes to the BOG next week. Please pass this on.