U.S. Supreme Court rejects subsistence lawsuit
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The U-S Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit that claims the federal government unconstitutionally favors rural hunters and fishermen in Alaska.
The lawsuit was brought by a group of urban Alaska residents and several non-Alaska hunters and fishermen who objected to federal regulations stemming from the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
Under ANILCA, rural Alaskans are given a priority for subsistence uses of fish and wildlife on federal lands and waters.
Warren Olson of Anchorage brought the suit on behalf of himself, the late Dale Bondurant of Soldotna, Kodiak guide Jeff Jacobson and four of Jacobson's clients.
In 1998, Jacobson's clients lost their chance to hunt Dall sheep in Northwest Alaska when the Federal Subsistence Board effectively allowed sheep hunting there by rural residents only.
Olson's group said the preference violates the equal protection clause of the U-S Constitution.
They lost in federal district and appeals courts and the U-S Supreme Court rejected the appeal without comment.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)