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    Default Proposal to ban dogs from the woods during hunting season

    One of the goofy proposals before the State board. And don't laugh they already passed a couple others that are just bizarre.


    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.
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    Whaaaa??????

    Has a domestic dog passed a disease to a wild animal in the last 100 years?
    I have heard it go the other way though.
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    This has come up before and so far has not passed. I would expect this to be shot down as there are far more dogs out there with recreational users than there are hunting dogs. This has nothing to do with protecting wild life as it does to erode more hunting freedoms. This is complete garbage.
    However stranger things have passed

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    Might be too little too late to shut the door against the tick infestation moving north to Alaska anyway. It's probable inevitable now.
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    It is just another idiotic back-door way to shut US away from the forest. If this works they could ban humans with the same reasoning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    Might be too little too late to shut the door against the tick infestation moving north to Alaska anyway. It's probably inevitable now.
    If we really want to try to keep the tick problem out of AK, we should require all dogs coming up from the L-48 be quarantined in KTN for 30 days and be fumigated. And we should have started doing it 20+ years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    If we really want to try to keep the tick problem out of AK, we should require all dogs coming up from the L-48 be quarantined in KTN for 30 days and be fumigated. And we should have started doing it 20+ years ago.
    The ticks would end up coming up on deer and elk, anyway - I really don't think there's any chance of keeping ticks out. In the lesser 48 the transmission is from deer to dogs, not the other way 'round.

    As nearly as I can tell this is just one idjit with an axe to grind.
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