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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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Save the bears and wolves! Do the right thing for wildlife and domestic animals for that matter!

Animals have a right to life too

Thanks trump. Oh yeah, and to all those that voted for him... you must be proud! Smh

Disgraceful

Isn't the point of the National Refuge System to protect and insure the future of these animals? We as people can't keep killing until everything is gone. It's just not right. Please protect them. They were here first.

It is obscene to upset the balance of nature.

If we lose them and the environment we can't get it back

These are REFUGES for wildlife. This is like shooting fish in a barrel. Where is the humanity? What have we become? Please don't let HR Res. 69 pass.

Now that the predator protections are being lifted. Since this is a so-called state's rights issue, Alaska can protect the predators from barbaric hunting practices. What can we do to convince/encourage Alaska to protect them?

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