I was reading this in the SFW Sportmen's Voice summer 2007:
“Recently, a prominent Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) stated in Anchorage Daily News, that Alaska’s moose population numbered about 140,000 animals, and that (Under ADFG’s Management) the number has remained “stable” for the last ten years. At face value, this might seem like a decent enough management, after all every consumptive user wants “stable” sources of game. Unfortunately, there is a bit more to the story.
To put this matter into perspective, consider that Sweden ( a country at our same latitude, but only a quarter our size) has maintained a population of 500,000 moose during the same time period. Even more ironic is that in recent years, Sweden’s moose harvest (about 150,00 animals annually) often exceeds Alaska’s entire moose population! By contrast, Alaska’s moose harvest was only 6,500 last year. That’s right, 6,500! When considered on a moose harvest per acre basis, last year Sweden outperformed Alaska’s moose management by almost 100 fold! “
To try and paraphrase the rest of the article:
ADFG has moved away from managing wildlife resources and has concentrated the majority of its money and manpower into managing humans ( education, outreach, focus groups, poaching enforcement etc.) ADFG has conceded that managing wildlife is a losing cause. The management scheme of the ADFG is a benefit to no one under current management practices.
Under this crisis, all Alaskans should be outraged and demand better from a government agency. If the people of Alaska do not get involved and take charge, they may not have wildlife to manage in the future.
What are your thoughts.....Bigmnt