Letter to the Editor

Ethical trapping

To the editor: The recent news story regarding the illegal activities such as using illegally taken moose meat for trap bait is appalling but makes several important points.

First and foremost, there is a clear and distinct difference between the activities of law-abiding trappers as contrasted with poachers such as the charged individual. The vast majority of trappers are aware of, and work studiously to obey, the many rules and regulations that govern this traditional outdoor activity. The reason we do not see more stories like this shows that the lawbreakers are a tiny minority.

Next, the public should be aware that the violations here are condemned by the Alaska Trappers Association and all legal, ethical trappers. In fact, ATA believes that the charges involved may be too light. We think that the wildlife crimes involved here deserve more-severe punishment.

And finally, kudos to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for their work in bringing this lawbreaker to justice. This case shows that even in the cold months when hunting and fishing are at a low ebb, these officers are out in the elements, using technology and plain hard work to protect our wildlife resources and bring the criminal element to justice. We applaud and support their efforts.


The Daily News-Miner encourages residents to make themselves heard through the Opinion pages. Readers' letters and columns also appear online at newsminer.com. Contact the editor with questions at letters@newsminer.com or call 459-7574.

Community Perspective

Send Community Perspective submissions by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Submissions must be 500 to 750 words. Columns are welcome on a wide range of issues and should be well-written and well-researched with attribution of sources. Include a full name, email address, daytime telephone number and headshot photograph suitable for publication (email jpg or tiff files at 150 dpi.) You may also schedule a photo to be taken at the News-Miner office. The News-Miner reserves the right to edit submissions or to reject those of poor quality or taste without consulting the writer.

Letters to the editor

Send letters to the editor by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707), by fax (907-452-7917) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Writers are limited to one letter every two weeks (14 days.) All letters must contain no more than 350 words and include a full name (no abbreviation), daytime and evening phone numbers and physical address. (If no phone, then provide a mailing address or email address.) The Daily News-Miner reserves the right to edit or reject letters without consulting the writer.

Submit your news & photos

Let us know what you're seeing and hearing around the community.