Rep. Eric Feige gave a prepared statement which was issued by the House Majority Press Office claiming that the federal government was killing polar bears.
He charged that the federal government was killing “10 percent of the ones we dart and tag for scientific and management purposes.”
Feige states that his information came from personal experience, but “not direct personal experience.”
According to The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, since 2003 approximately 1,200 polar bears have been darted. Of those 1,200 bears, only two bears have died in the last 10 years.
Feige should not trust his personal experiential insights as necessarily providing valid information.
There may be a better outcome for our Legislature if Feige, et al, were to include critical analysis and scientific data into their consideration of Alaska issues.
— Karen Cameron