So, there is a decline in caribou numbers, an admission that caribou populations (for millennia) are cyclic but a local group (that harvests 10-15 thousand caribou a year) concocts a caribou management plan; without any authority to do so, and then NPS/BLM (with the blessing of ADF&G) use's this local groups "management plan" as justification to restrict non local hunting opportunity to stop the decline.
Meanwhile, the hope is that the rest of us sit idle, "buy into the local fix" , and COMPLETELY ignore the fact the stated goal of "their" plan is to continue to kill 10's of thousand's of caribou a year.
Like...for millennia 'locals' have used outboard motors, snow machines and AR15's to slaughter 10's of thousands of caribou a year...Yep..some real smart folks out in Western Alaska have come up with a plan to fix the problem of declining caribou alright.
Oh yah...the local group and the Feds might need to put a stop to some road building in the area too. Roads are bad for caribou numbers too..mother nature being what it is ya know...
Among the numerous threats to future hunting opportunities for all Alaskans is this Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group "model".
The State Department of Fish and Game advocating and actively participating in development of illegal "local" management plans AND then encouraging federal agencies to take over management of our resources in support of an illegal "management plan" does not appear as a 'model' developed in the best interest of ALL Alaskans.
This "model" may turn out to be the most significant threat to public access to fish and game yet and is (or will) infect our entire system of game management intended to benefit all alaskans.
WACH working group needs to be defunded and disbanded.