The Trump administration is continuing its all-out assault on wildlife. On May 22, the National Park Service published a proposed rule that would allow the use of brutal hunting tactics on predators in 20 million acres of national preserves in Alaska. This move would repeal a 2015 rule that outlawed these incredibly cruel methods, unnecessarily exposing some of Alaska's most vulnerable wildlife to unconscionable harm.
Under this proposed rule, it could become legal to use the aid of artificial light to slaughter mother bears and cubs in their dens, to use bait to hunt brown and black bears, to kill wolves and coyotes with pups during their denning season, to kill swimming caribou, and to use dogs to hunt black bears. These extreme hunting methods are neither used nor endorsed by the majority of sport hunters, and cater to a small minority of trophy hunters.
Congress has been clear about the role that national preserves and other federal lands in Alaska are intended to play in species conservation. The National Park Service is supposed to "provide for the maintenance of sound populations of, and habitat for, wildlife species of inestimable value to the citizens of Alaska and the Nation" for the "benefit, use, education, and inspiration of present and future generations." This proposal is unlawful because it directly contradicts Congress's intent.
Please submit a comment to the National Park Service by
July 23 September 6 November 5 asking the agency to reject this brutal, senseless and unnecessary proposed rule. (Note: When you submit comments through AWI's website, your name and comments will be publicly viewable on the official comment page at Regulations.gov.) You may also submit your comments directly at https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NPS-2018-0005-0001. Comments must be submitted by July 23 September 6 November 5.
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