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    Here we go again....

    PROPOSAL 69 - 5 AAC 92.080. Unlawful methods of taking game; exceptions
    . Prohibit hunting with domestic dogs as follows:
    5 AAC 92.080. Unlawful methods of taking game; exceptions.
    The use or accompaniment of domestic dogs is prohibited while hunting. Dogs used as service animals as defined under Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act are exempt if the hunter is in possession of a current official certificate of veterinary inspection for the service dog.
    What is the issue you would like the board to address and why? There is concern that domestic dogs will transmit diseases to Alaska's wildlife populations. The Department of Fish and Game has stated that Alaska's wild game populations are immunologically naive and wildlife disease specialists expect there to be profound impacts of climate change on animal and parasite distributions. Diseases, primarily transmitted through dog ticks, are serious and potentially deadly to Alaska's wildlife populations according to an ADF&G memo dated April 12, 2014. (see http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static species/disease/pdfs/dog_tick_memorandum.pdf)
    ADF&G states that the diseases of concern include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tularemia, canine ehrlichiosis, canine babesiosis, Lyme Disease, and Q-fever. Only tularemia and Q-fever are already present in Alaskan wildlife but others could be easily introduced by just a single tick biting an infected pet carrying the infection and passing it on to their next meal. ADF&G along with the Office of the State Veterinarian have detected an increasing incidence of dog ticks that are exotic to Alaska (that is Alaska is not part of the reported geographic range). Other diseases potentially transmitted by canines as identified on ADF&G's website include cystic hydatid disease, alveolar hydatid disease, sarcocystosis, and muscle tapeworm cysts.(see http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm...se.diseaselist.)
    ADF&G states that dog ticks are competent vectors of disease (carriers able to transmit disease) and that tick-borne diseases in other animals will follow.
    I propose to prohibit the use of and/or accompaniment of domestic dogs while hunting.
    If this proposal doesn't pass, there will be an increased risk of disease transmission to Alaska's wildlife populations. If disease transmission occurs, it will have substantial economic and aesthetic impact. If this regulation is adopted, it could prevent mass die offs that could eliminate any harvestable surplus of big game and/or small game animal populations. This regulation will help to ensure long term population persistence and allow us to harvest according to the sustained yield principle, as well as enjoy the aesthetic benefits of having healthy Alaskan wildlife.
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    As an alternate solution, a health certification program for dogs was considered, but in many cases the specific microorganisms, diseases, and parasites responsible for these disease outbreaks are either undetectable at certain times of the year, or can persist at low levels in dogs, or in some cases parasites can be transmitted through feces. Also, ticks may leave the dog, cling to vegetation, and then through a behavior called "questing" attach themselves to a new host.
    PROPOSED BY: Guy Fulton (EG-C15-036) ************************************************** ****************************

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    So do the ticks only attach to hunting dogs? Other dogs are immune? I'm pretty sure hunting dogs are a minority when it comes to dogs running in the wilderness.

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    [QUOTE=Ruckup;1503263]Here we go again....

    PROPOSAL 69 - 5 AAC 92.080. Unlawful methods of taking game; exceptions
    . Prohibit hunting with domestic dogs as follows:
    5 AAC 92.080. Unlawful methods of taking game; exceptions.


    I think it is critical that those of us who hunt with dogs work together to knock this down. If we each ask the clubs that we belong to to address this in the public comment period, we can get our message across.


    The letter does not have to be a thesis, it can be a page or two, well written with at least 1 or 2 main points.

    Please bring it to the clubs that you belong to.

    Suellen

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    Keep your eyes on this "ball" folks. Clearly a move by anti-hunters that we need to address. I've been passing this on via FB as well and it's got folks interested all over North America. There is no way this will pass...unless we pay no attention to it. Please spend some time crafting your written response before sending it in to the BOG. The law doesn't allow singling out just one small segment such as that suggested in proposal 69, and if it ever gained any ground it would drag in all dog, cat, and livestock owners. Apparently the author has not heard of the Iditarod? Or the Yukon Quest? And of all the folks who walk in the wilderness with a dog. Stay tuned. Work on your written reply. Thanks.

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    A bunch of us are all over this. Lets do what we can to get this tossed!
    "If I could shoot a game bird and still not hurt it, the way I can take a trout on a fly and release it, I doubt if I would kill another one." George Bird Evans

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    With a few quick Google searches most Mr. Guy Fulton's ridiculous theories can be debunked. I have also posted this on different FB Pages and forums, not that I think it will ever get passed, but like Jim mentioned if no one pays attention who knows what could happen. I would really love to sit down with this guy and attempt to see his logic. I would assume he is a retired professor from Berkley that just moved to Alaska last year. lol

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    The BOG can only address dogs as they relate to hunting, so at this moment all other dogs are exempt. That just makes the entire proposal that much more ridiculous. But if for some terrible reason this proposal became law we would have to initiate some sort of legal action that would bring in all dog owners, not just hunting dogs, and not excluding back yard dogs. It would include every dog from a Iditarod sled dog team to a tiny little dog that smells of perfume and only goes outside to go potty. Our Constitution does not allow the BOG or anyone else to merely single out one small minority segment and impose such ludicrous regulation. But we really need to keep an eye on thiis sort of stuff and snuff it out early.

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    Pretty sad that we need to even respond to such stupidity. Sad that any energy needs to be spent for such a ridiculous ideological rant. The BOG should have a method that cuts crap like this off because it can't move forward legally. Wonder if the author hates dogs or hunters? Wonder if he wants to end up banning all dog related events in the state, and just figures this is the best place to start.
    Seems a good idea if anybody knows any of the movers and shakers of our big sled dog races to give them this info too.
    ARR

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    ARR,

    I spread the word once already on the mushers FB pages and maybe a few other places. But at first it won't even affect them. If the BOG passes this BS deal it will get ugly and drag in all dog users.

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    Check out this interesting article by Rick Sinnott (retired ADF&G biologist). I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

    http://www.adn.com/article/20131105/...fs-alaska-next

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    Comments are due today on the Board of Game's website -- http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm...ocess.comments

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    Thanks for reminding folks, Karen. I let them know very clearly that singling out just one segment of the dog community is unconstitutional and if the regulation is passed it will be overturned in a court of law. It, and the one about salvaging all the meat from a gamebird are also unenforceable. This is all total BS and I grow quite weary of such mean spirited attempts to keep our hunting dogs out of the back country. Remember, there are no "dog ticks."

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    Thanks Jim! Several folks have commented in opposition & hope to testify at the BOG meeting in Fairbanks. We just can't let this slip through the cracks. It doesn't just affect gundog owners, but rather anyone accompanied by dogs when hunting -- unenforceable & unconstitutional plus idiotic!

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    This proposal was rejected by the BOG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Creek View Post
    This proposal was rejected by the BOG.
    As it should have been.
    Good news

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