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