Two articles appeared in the Scottsdale Republic recently, which–taken together–illustrate a fundamental contradiction between the stated purposes of city government and its actions.
The first announced Friday that the Arizona Department of Game and Fish has determined with a single survey that large mammal populations in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve are stable, and reaffirmed Scottsdale city government’s position that Game and Fish has the exclusive power to permit hunting in our Preserve.
The second article on Sunday [Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve will ban Jeep tours] does not report that the City cedes similar power to Game and Fish for regulating off-highway vehicles in our Preserve. G & F would normally be the agency to regulate such activity.
It also appears that our job-friendly, business-friendly city council is likely to renege on promises by earlier councils and staff to respect the rights of jeep tour operators.
Is it just me, or is it a little silly that city government that is banning respectful tour operators who help provide access to the Preserve, and simultaneously not lifting a finger to ban hunting or even warn non-hunting users of hunting activity?