Cattle supporters want Alaska island herd saved

People attending a meeting say they want cattle that have long gone without human caretakers on an uninhabited Alaska island to be spared instead of being removed.

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KODIAK- People attending a meeting say they want cattle that have long gone without human caretakers on an uninhabited Alaska island to be spared instead of being removed.

A few dozen Kodiak residents attended the meeting Tuesday night to talk about cattle living on remote Chirikof Island.
The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge wants to remove nearly 1,000 cattle from Chirikof and Wosnesenski islands, and held the meeting. Officials say the non-native herds are battering the habitat of native wildlife.
The Kodiak Daily Mirror (http://is.gd/zvzfxH) says many of those who gathered Tuesday see the cattle as a valuable genetic reserve. The focus among locals was Chirikof, where there are about 750 cattle.
One complication is there's a question on who owns the cattle.
Jan. 31 is the deadline to submit ideas.
 

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Guy Miller said on Wednesday, Jan 8 at 6:39 PM

It is time for It is time for Alaska people to stand up say no. Leave the cattle alone. They not hurting nothing, Let the birds and cattle live in peace.

Ron Windeler said on Wednesday, Jan 8 at 8:01 PM

These government agencies that want to exterminate Nature's success at Chirikof have no authority or competence to make such ecologically foolish decisions. To say that these hardy Alaskan cattle are an invasive species disrupting the natural balance is to insult nature with their ignorance. Every species in Alaska, including Aleuts and exotic rare seabirds are equally invasive, since they migrated here after the ice retreated, leaving a barren and desolate wasteland, populated only with stranded and abandoned iceworms. Private ownership is the simple, Alaskan solution. Give clear title to all these cattle to the Aleut native corporation give them all the necessary permits, let them transplant the herd to every suitable island, and develop an industry out of wild, organic, free-range, Aleutian beef. For more ideas about sustained, sensible development for Alaska, contact Alaskan Solutions Consulting, at rowindeler@aol.com.

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