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ADN Opinion: Our View: #Alaska Fish & Game and foul #ADFG

Department's rep takes a beating in more ways than one

Published: January 14th, 2012 08:07 PM
Last Modified: January 14th, 2012 08:08 PM

Alaska's Division of Wildlife Conservation director has resigned after being charged by Alaska State Troopers with 12 hunting violations while working as an assistant guide on an illegal bear hunt in 2008.

That's a sentence that should make the late-night stand-up routines.

But it's no joke. Corey Rossi, first appointed to Fish and Game by then-Gov. Sarah Palin in 2009, is accused of lies in a big-game hunting report to cover for clients.

When Palin appointed Rossi to the newly created job of assistant commissioner for abundance management, critics complained he got the job for his ties to the Palin family and his wildlife politics.

In 2010, when Gov. Sean Parnell made him wildlife conservation director, 39 current and former Alaska Fish and Game professionals protested, arguing that Rossi was simply unqualified for the job.

If the troopers' charges prove true, Rossi has proved his critics right in a disgraceful manner...