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View Diary: Sen. Murkowski pondering 'hold' on Sally Jewell's nomination over rejection of remote Aleutian road (189 comments)

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  •  Hunting is allowed in the refuge (0+ / 0-)

    Hunting is allowed in the refuge, and most folks in the area depend on waterfowl from the refuge for a substantial part of their diet.  The use of outboard motors is allowed for transportation into the refuge for hunting and fishing.

    Your argument sounds like the racist arguments I've heard far too often that if Native people want to hunt and fish for subsistence when urban hunters are not allowed to hunt in an area, they should be restricted to bows, spears, and other prehistoric methods.  I suppose you think that if they choose to live where they have lived before white people came, they should not expect modern health care or the transportation to reach it?

    This refuge was created without asking the inhabitants of the area whether they wanted to live with ream after ream of burdensome Federal regulations.  These folks have been harvesting fish and wildlife from this wilderness for thousands of years, and have not destroyed the ecosystem.  

    Remember, this is a large area with only a few hundred inhabitants, and the footprint of this road would be quite small.  This road would not be connected to the main road system hundreds of miles to the east, so it won't attract the yahoo Great White Hunters of Anchorage and Mat-Su.

    "Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die" --- Albert King

    by HarpboyAK on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:34:58 AM PST

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    •  Actually, my concern was more with animal (0+ / 0-)

      predators - foxes, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons - who could disturb nesting grounds.  I mentioned humans because they are sometimes an issue as well, as has been the case when roads went into various rainforests.  Your last paragraph about not attacting the yahoos is reassuring, but I could have done without the suggestion of racism.  You don't know me very well.

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