"Let's try the 12 Gauge with Remington 00 Buckshot" Image credit:The Box O Truth
Alaskan Fish & Game Rambos plan to helicopter hunt wolves on a 1,571-square-mile Aleutian island because a pack of 30 are eating caribou faster than the caribou can reproduce. They want Federal concurrence with their plan...'or else.'
Context: Most of Alaska's public revenue, needed to fuel the copters and load the shotguns, comes not from taxpayers but from oil production fees. British Petroleum, formerly known as Beyond Petroleum, is up near the top of that food chain. BP is a foreign-owned corporation.The island, called Unimak, is a US National Wildlife Refuge. AnchorageDaily News has the report.
Fewer than 100 people live in False Pass, the major town on the island.
"Residents of False Pass are extremely concerned about the precipitous decline in caribou on the island because caribou have been an important part of our subsistence lifestyle for thousands of years," wrote Nancy Dushkin, president of Isanotski, the Native village corporation in False Pass, in a letter to Fish and Game. "Now we see no caribou at all and ... the number of wolves and bear appear to be at all-time highs."
'It's the ecology stupid.'
It's not as though Tragedy of the Commons is big news. The same wolf caused "tragedy" has played out on Isle Royale, in Lake Superior, recently, where no people live. Moose, not caribou, are the prey, however. (Vegetarians take note. Very little Quinoa grows on Unimak or Isle Royale.)
What makes this proposal interesting is that First People encourage the plan for an island on which oil washes invisibly. In this matter, Libertarian ideals play out on behalf of the wolves. Where then is Sara?