This is in response to Kyle Alton’s last letter to the editor of Feb. 2011.
I am not sure why Mr. Alton feels that he should get the last word on this debate on fisheries and wildlife issues, but I would like to raise a couple of points.
Mr. Alton says that writing down licence plate numbers of vehicles parked in the bush is “a little too much.”
Well, the amazing wildlife and fisheries of this region are a public resource that is very valuable to some residents.
I don’t believe that showing concern for the protection of that resource is “going too far” at all.
Mr. Alton suggests that unless people are fisheries or conservation officers they should not get involved in advocating for the responsible, ethical use of our resources.
Our conservation and fisheries officers are severely underfunded and overworked.
I don’t see how having the users of these resources keep an eye out for any abuse of our wildlife and fisheries could be anything other than responsible and ethical conduct.
If Mr. Alton is indeed an ethical hunter and fisherman I believe that someone’s possible abuse of fish or wildlife should indeed be considered his, and all of our, business.