A trapping resolution approved Monday by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will not be on the agenda for this week’s Alaska Board of Game meeting in Petersburg, but those who wish to comment on the topic are encouraged to do so.
In an email sent Wednesday, Borough Attorney Glenn Brown writes that comments received on Wednesday and Thursday will be reviewed by the board. Brown writes that raising awareness now could make a difference when the borough formally requests consideration of the resolution.
The resolution passed the assembly unanimously on Monday. It asks the state board to issue an emergency order limiting trapping in the Ketchikan area to no closer than 150 feet from public trails and roads.
An emergency order was requested because this year’s deadline to request a formal regulation change has passed. The deadline to change the Board of Game agenda also passed, so the assembly knew that the likelihood of the board considering the request was slim at best.
Assembly members said on Monday that passing the resolution now shows the borough’s intent.
Members of the public interested in submitting comments to the Board of Game this week can do so online at www.boardofgame.adfg.alaska.gov, by fax at (907) 465-6094, or by email at dfg.bog.comments@alaska.gov.