HJR 31: Opposing the enactment of the Protect America's Wildlife Act of 2007 that intends to prohibit aerial hunting of wildlife, which is essential for predator control in Alaska.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 31 01 Opposing the enactment of the Protect America's Wildlife Act of 2007 that intends to 02 prohibit aerial hunting of wildlife, which is essential for predator control in Alaska. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has experienced and 05 knowledgeable biologists familiar with Alaska wildlife; and 06 WHEREAS the Alaska Board of Game openly discusses game management at board 07 meetings and makes decisions based on scientific data; and 08 WHEREAS Alaska is a sovereign government within the United States with its own 09 Board of Game responsible for managing the wildlife asset to be utilized, developed, and 10 maintained on the sustained yield principle, subject to preferences among beneficial uses, 11 under art. VIII, sec. 4, Constitution of the State of Alaska; and 12 WHEREAS many areas in Alaska are accessible only by boat or aircraft; and 13 WHEREAS Alaska presents unique living and wildlife situations of which many 14 people outside the state might not be aware; and 15 WHEREAS there is no shortage of predators in Alaska; and 16 WHEREAS predator imbalance will destroy other species that are important to the
01 ecosystem of Alaska; and 02 WHEREAS there is legislation before Congress to prevent aerial predator control 03 except for the protection of livestock; and 04 WHEREAS the use of aircraft is a necessary tool for managing the asset of game 05 animals to provide for abundance for personal use in Alaska; and 06 WHEREAS moose and caribou represent livestock to many Alaskans; 07 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges all members of Congress 08 to oppose H.R. 3663, the Protect America's Wildlife Act of 2007; and be it 09 FURTHER RESOLVED that management of fish and game in Alaska should be left 10 to the experts in the state. 11 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President 12 of the United States; the Honorable Richard B. Cheney, Vice-President of the United States 13 and President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Lisa 14 Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of 15 the Alaska delegation in Congress; and all other members of the 110th United States 16 Congress.