Was at Coal Mine Road today and drove under the pipeline pass to scare up a bunch of ravens who were all gathered around a moose gut pile dead center of the road just on the other side of the pipeline. I mean this gut pile was relatively new, big, and smack-dab in the center of the road. Vehicle traffic past that point left bloody tire tracks on up the road. There was no way past the gut pile without driving over part of it. The paunch was big and bloated and it looked like vehicles driving past didn't clear the gut pile and dragged parts of it off the top.
I don't understand how someone could leave a gut pile like that in the middle of the road. I wish the troopers had caught the individual(s) responsible. Seeing this today made me sick. Not because of the site, but because someone out there didn't care enough about the future of hunting to do the right thing. I see people out there shooting animals with little to no respect for the values of responsible hunting, not to mention common sense. I am sincerely concerned about the future of hunting in America, Alaska included!
What more can be done? More funding specifically for fish and wildlife protection law enforcement? Bigger fines? More self-policing among the community of responsible hunters (report violations, etc.)? More educational programs? I know this isn't a "new" problem, but it does seem to be more prevalent and certainly gets more scrutiny than in times past.
What are your thoughts?