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Help predator protections in Alaska National Wildlife Refuges remain intact

February 17, 2017 | alaska / Hunting & Wildlife Management


We have a huge jeer for the U.S. House of Representatives because members passed a Congressional Review Act resolution (H. J. Res. 69) yesterday to rescind the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule. The rule – in effect since September – prohibits application of Alaska’s intensive predator control policy on national wildlife refuges in the state. The House vote sends the resolution to the Senate.


We need our supporters to call their U.S. senators and tell them not to support H.J. Res. 69. We must make sure the predator hunts do not resume over 76 million acres of Alaska wildlife refuges, which would be a victory for hunters, the National Rifle Association and the state's own Board of Game. You can find contact info for your senators here.


“Aside from being morally reprehensible, the late wolf biologist Dr. Gordon Haber said, wolf (and bear) control programs in Alaska were biologically indefensible—bad science, he said. So, it was gratifying to learn that Alaska’s war on wolves and bears would no longer be tolerated on federal lands known as our National Wildlife Refuges,” said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals. “Sadly, Alaska permits aerial hunters to use shotguns from low-flying Super Cubs to kill hundreds of wolves each winter across aerial killing areas in Alaska, and the state increased bear killing as well through liberal hunting regulations.  Our National Wildlife Refuges should rightfully be off-limits to predator control schemes designed to boost numbers of moose and caribou for the convenience of human hunters.”


Unfortunately, the new rule does not stop hunting in the 16 federally protected wildlife refuges in Alaska, only the practice of "intensive predator management.” But FWS’s new rule ensures that National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska are managed in accordance with fundamental federal laws to conserve species at their natural level of diversity, not to artificially increase game populations for hunters. It allows FWS to fulfill its responsibility to maintain the biological integrity of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Prior to this ruling, Alaska’s controversial program authorized the slaughtering of native carnivores through aerial gunning, baiting, trapping and killing mother bears and cubs and wolves and pups in their dens to inflate deer, moose and caribou populations. These extreme practices are legal under Alaska state law, but directly conflict with FWS’s conservation mission on national wildlife refuges.

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"Our National Wildlife Refuges should rightfully be off-limits to predator control schemes designed to boost numbers of moose and caribou for the convenience of human hunters.” ----- Absolutely agree !!!!!!

Predators are vitally important for a healthy ecosystem. I wholeheartedly disagree with increasing predator hunts that pander to the NRA lobby. The gun lobby has far too much control in our government already.

Hunting in today's dwindling world is psychologically insane!

Please don't take these protections away! These animals are essential to their ecosystems and also to humans- even though you may not realize it now. When they are gone it will be too late. Extinct is forever!!!

Please don't take these protections away! These animals are essential to their ecosystems and also to humans- even though you may not realize it now. When they are gone it will be too late. Extinct is forever!!!

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Please protect these living creatures, they didn't ask for any of this, they deserve a peaceful and humane life.

Please protect these beautiful living beings. They deserve a peaceful and humane life.

Our wildlife need protection from humans who would destroy them !

This needs to be stopped

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