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Anchorage nature writer Bill Sherwonit is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Alaska's Bears" and "Animal Stories: Encounters with Alaska's Wildlife."
Alaskans who care about all our wildlife should truly be outraged at a wildlife management system that is not only backward, but in many ways reprehensible.
There’s no shortage of fodder for those looking to comment on the state of Alaska politics these days.
Instead of embracing more enlightened, progressive wildlife management, our state has regressed, badly.
We seem incapable of learning how to peacefully coexist with bears, even though we claim to be the more intelligent species.
Those who oppose the initiative conveniently ignore the fact that their resource development allies are just as Outside-based as the activists they criticize on the other side.
Not only would the proposed industrial area disrupt bears' movements, it would also inevitably cause human-bear conflicts. Some number of bears would be killed.
Though I don’t agree with all that Seth Kantner wrote about Alaska and New York City, I appreciate his story -- and the debate that it has stirred up.
Irresponsible human behavior and ignorance lead to unnecessary killing of too many.
Effects of climate change have only made the long-valid arguments for preservation stronger -- and Alaska's U.S. senators should take heed.