Sam Cotten's Nov. 30 Commentary ("Florida protesters schooled in Native ways at Alaska Board of Game meeting") perpetuates a long-standing myth created by promoters of extreme predator control programs — namely, that if only those who oppose such controversial programs knew "the facts" they would change their minds and support predator control. Furthermore, the myth claims those who oppose extreme predator control are mainly outside animal rights advocates who oppose hunting and do not understand how Alaska manages wildlife. Mr. Cotten described a learning process at a recent Game Board meeting where a group of Florida protesters interacted with Native students and as a result apologized and withdrew support for their proposals to prohibit taking black bears in dens, cubs and sows with cubs. One board member was quoted as saying the Florida group was going back home to educate other people about what was really happening in Alaska. As a former Game Board member and one who has been involved in these issues for over 40 years, I've heard the voices of hundreds of Alaskans, many of them hunters, who opposed widespread aerial shooting of wolves by private pilots, helicopter shooting of bears and wolves by Fish and Game biologists, and gassing wolf pups in dens. They opposed intensive management programs that included trapping of bears, baiting brown bears, same-day airborne hunting of bears, shooting female bears and cubs and sale of bear body parts. By any standard, these methods would be considered extreme. Predictably, many Alaskans were dismayed when, in recent years, the Game Board aggressively applied these increasingly controversial intensive management practices over much of the state, and thousands of wolves and bears were killed as a result. [How truth can survive the Alaska predator-control war] Alaskan opponents mobilized early on and in 1996 and again in 2000, ballot measures sponsored by Alaskans restricting aerial shooting of wolves passed by large margins. Alaska's resident voters passed these measures, not outside groups. In 2005, a letter of concern signed by over 100 scientists went to Gov. Frank Murkowski requesting that predator control programs