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Reader's view: Mushers seek support for Alaska's Bristol Bay

As competitors in the Gunflint Mail Run, we were excited to try our luck at mushing in the Midwest, experiencing this great tradition outside Alaska.

As competitors in the Gunflint Mail Run, we were excited to try our luck at mushing in the Midwest, experiencing this great tradition outside Alaska.

Anyone who saw us gliding or driving by may have noticed our "No Pebble Mine" patches. We and our dogs wore them. Or they may have seen the "Save Bristol Bay" decals on our sleds and truck. That's because we were mushers on a mission, a mission to raise awareness of the dangers of the proposed Pebble Mine to Bristol Bay, Alaska, home of the world's and our country's largest sockeye salmon fishery. Bristol Bay's vast wilderness also supports tremendous wildlife, and it sustains plenty of people, too, including us and thousands more who make a living commercial fishing. Bristol Bay also is a sportsman's paradise where people enjoy some of the best hunting and fishing on Earth and where others feed their families in the grueling winters with the bounty of the harvest and the catch.

We can all be part of protecting this unique place by reading more at savebristolbay.org and clicking on the "take action" page. We can all ask our Congressional representatives and the EPA to protect Bristol Bay.

Tim Osmar and Monica Zappa

Kasilof, Alaska

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