“The Romeo Seat”….

November 9, 2010
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Kate Troll has her thinking cap on. Her moving opinion piece on the iconic wolf Romeo, appeared in the Juneau Empire on Sunday. She has a wonderful idea to help Juneau residents move on and heal after the death of beloved Romeo. She’s asking Alaska’s Governor Parnell to set aside just one seat on the powerful Alaska Board of Game or BOG, to honor Romeo. She states:
“I suggest that an appropriate tribute to Romeo and the ambassador role he played would be to have one seat on the Alaska Board of Game designated for one who appreciates wildlife for viewing and/or for their role in keeping ecosystems in balance. One out of seven seats for non-consumptive users of wildlife is not much to ask for in an effort to fully reflect and balance all uses of wildlife. We could call it the Romeo seat. This is a tribute deserving of Romeo and our memory of him; this is the type of action that would help us move on.”
What a wonderful idea! And why not, non-consumptive users have no say on how wildlife is managed in Alaska or anywhere else. This would be a great first step. Thank you Kate for proposing it. I hope Governor Parnell is listening!!
 
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Helping Juneau move on by honoring Romeo

By Kate Troll | My Turn

Sunday, November 07, 2010

There were two stories in Thursday’s paper that caught my attention. One was about Sean Parnell winning the gubernatorial vote in Juneau; the other was about Park Myers’ hunting violations. It was not until the end of the day that I figured out how to connect these two stories.

Like many Juneau residents, I did not like being reminded about the loss of Romeo. I know it’s not 100 percent conclusive that the wolf killed by Myers is Romeo, and he is just being charged with killing a wolf, but many of us sense the real story is about Romeo meeting his demise by an illegal hunt.

In the Empire article, Myers apologizes to the community and expresses a desire to move on. He even asks us to move on. Move on? Just accept a $5,000 fine for taking what I and many others believe to be our long-lost ambassador to wildness? Just accept an apology for his despicable acts ? Sorry, I can’t get there.

I count myself among the fortunate to have encountered Romeo’s gentle nature as he sought to play with my dog. But like all Juneau residents that cherished the photos of Romeo and knew he could be seen at Mendenhall Glacier, Romeo became a part of our community. He reminded us as Alaskans the wolves and bears we pursue in the name of predator control are an integral part of the ecosystem. Romeo reminded us the wildlife that surrounds us deserves respect as intelligent, sentient beings; they are more than commodities for urban trophy hunters.

In the spirit of moving forward, I suggest that an appropriate tribute to Romeo and the ambassador role he played would be to have one seat on the Alaska Board of Game designated for one who appreciates wildlife for viewing and/or for their role in keeping ecosystems in balance. One out of seven seats for non-consumptive users of wildlife is not much to ask for in an effort to fully reflect and balance all uses of wildlife. We could call it the Romeo seat. This is a tribute deserving of Romeo and our memory of him; this is the type of action that would help us move on.”

The opportunity to view wildlife is integral to the experience of the million plus visitors Alaska draws each year and is part of why we chose to live in Alaska. Knowing how viewing wildlife enriches our lives as residents would it not be prudent to ensure that wildlife viewing is represented in our decision-making processes?

This is where the second story about Governor Parnell carrying Juneau comes into play. The story correctly notes that Parnell has a markedly different relationship with Juneau than did his predecessor and, that showed when Juneau supported his candidacy. The article also noted that Parnell’s victory in Juneau is rare for a Republican. Perhaps in return for this rare show of support Governor Parnell would consider honoring Juneau and the memory of Romeo by informally designating one seat on the Board of Game for someone representing the interests of wildlife viewing.

• Troll is a long-time Alaskan with more than 22 years of experience in fisheries, coastal policy and energy policy. She resides in Douglas.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/110710/opi_732535770.shtml

Top Photo: Courtesy John Hyde, BARCROFT MEDIA

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Tags: Romeo, Sweet Romeo, BOG, Governor Parnell, Juneau, Romeo Seat

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Wolf Warriors, Nabeki. Nabeki said: "The Romeo Seat"….: http://wp.me/pDTDG-2pI […]

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  2. That was AWESOME…
    We will never forget every single Wolf who died with no reason was great idea congrats to Kate…

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  3. Myers: break your gun, burn your license and swear off of hunting for the rest of your life. Then its apology accepted.

    The corruption in the AK F&G is palpable. Every year they dictate how many members of Romeo’s species can die and they aren’t shy of going into the thousands or concerned over what method is used. Every year, they allow the slaughter of his kind across the state by shameless, pathetic, egotistical, arrogant, immature, sadistic p***ks.

    So…
    Why should Romeo have a seat at the BOG? Shouldn’t the Board of Game earn the right to sit at his table first? Figuratively speaking.

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    • My sentiments exactly John. The Alaska Board of Game has never made any attempt at all to protect the wildlife in Alaska. They, like their former half-governor, and to be honest, the governor before her, Frank Murkowski, father of Lisa, only want to keep wildlife alive to kill it. Anyone that would allow hunting wolves, or any other wildlife for that matter, from helicopters are beneath scum. Let’s hope Governor Parnell does the right thing. I think it is a beautiful tribute and appreciate Kate Troll setting the stage for us all to help the Wolves of Alaska.

      Dear sweet Romeo, I think of you so often, and although I never met you, you will live in my heart always.

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    • Have to give due credit to Decimated Landscapes for that one:
      (Kiddies beware: naughty language)
      http://www.demarcatedlandscapes.com/2010/09/seat-at-table.html

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      • Thanks for the link John. Agreed; playing nice with Cut-throats, be they Capitalist or otherwise just doesn’t get you anywhere, and in fact can give the other side credibility. If Alaska’s Governor truly wanted a fair and balanced BOG, they wouldn’t just appoint hunters.

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      • Thank you,John d.,for the the post.

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      • Typos.
        Demarcated, not decimated… -slaps self-

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      • So agree John, DL’s post was awesome and right on target.

        N.

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    • John,
      Clap, Clap…so well said!!

      N.

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  4. Parnell is a slave to the hunting and trapping interests in Alaska. Don’t expect him to show any logical common sense regarding wildlife management. remember their saying “you can’t just let em run wild” How do you change that type of approach or attitude?

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    • Maybe a miracle will happen, Romeo deserves it. He would be the first one to break the glass ceiling of having only hunters, trappers making decisions about wildlife. It’s sickening how stacked the system is against our native carnivores.

      N.

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  5. What a beautiful animal! Look at those deep, gentle eyes! How COULD someone gun him down? He was so obviously no threat to people or their pets and livestock… so very, very sad! My heart hurts…

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  6. Romeo, Run with the rest, for you run with the best.For all the wolves that were hunted(massacred) Run wild,Run Free.

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  7. Hunting used to be honorable when you only hunted what you needed to eat and survive. To use high powered guns and high tech equipment is not only a coward ways to make themselves feel good. But criminal in so many ways. Hunting has become a sport of killing just to say that you killed something. People have to make excuses to justify if only in thier own minds why they should be doing this. So they come up with lame reasons why these magnificent animals no longer belong here. This goes against all common since and against all laws of nature, which even we as humans are bound by. God Bless Romeo and any other wolf that has lost his/her life to human stupidity. We are doing nothing more than killing our own souls.

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    • The less educated hunter hates when we name animals because it is easier for them to just objectify them and therefore feel better about their pathetic lives

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    • Very well said R.W. . Very few people are truly out there hunting for consumption. It may be a secondary concern but I think they enjoy the kill as much as any meat they may eat from it.

      N.

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  8. i will always fight for any animals rights, what you do to animals, you do to me. it brakes my heart, to see whats going on in the world. man should be wice, but in my mind its the animals, whos wright. animals will be the last living on this planet, when people has destroyed the world, for them selves. kindly regards from ellinor marie

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  9. you sweet romeo, run now free in the hunt at a better place, i hope you are enjoying wherever you are…big black beautiful wolf

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    • Very moving tribute to Romeo, yessenia.

      N.

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  10. friends_of_romeo@live.com

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    • Thank you for the link Agnes!!

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  11. A lovely idea, but will never happen. Neanderthals like Parnell & Palin will just never get it. And no, can’t let this guy off the hook. He knows he killed Romeo, They WERE LOOKING to kill him, it was no accident.
    Eye for a Eye is the only thing suitable for them.

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  12. If only people would leave the wolves in peace to enjoy their lives.

    Romeo is beautiful. So regal and playful.

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