September 23, 2009
"Predator control is about putting food in Alaskans' freezers," Governor Parnell said. "Our programs are scientifically defensible, are used only when absolutely necessary, and have resulted in increased moose and caribou populations. This legislation is an intrusion on states' sovereign authority to manage wildlife, and I urge our delegation and other members of Congress to oppose it."
Current federal law allows state employees or licensed individuals to shoot from aircraft to protect prey. Recently introduced legislation would ban airborne predator control unless a biological emergency is imminent and all hunting and harvest has been eliminated.
"Requiring a biological emergency to be imminent before aerial predator control action can be taken would be irresponsible, violate wildlife management principles and jeopardize our ability to maintain healthy, sustainable predator and prey populations," said Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd.
Governor Parnell's letter to Congress outlined his objections to the legislation:
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