Wilderness Watch is fighting the Trump Administration’s proposal to bring cruel “hunting” practices back to our National Preserves in Alaska. Secretary of the Interior Zinke has proposed to roll back a 2015 National Park Service rule banning some unethical practices on 19 million acres of National Preserves in Alaska, which includes millions of acres of Wilderness. National Preserves in Alaska are managed by the NPS similarly to National Parks, except some hunting is allowed. The rule codifed temporary restrictions in place for sport hunters only; subsistence hunters are not affected.
The Park Service regulations ban:
• Killing mother bears and cubs in their dens;
• Baiting brown and black bears with donuts or other human foods;
• Killing wolves and coyotes with pups during their denning season;
• Shooting caribou from boats or shore as they cross lakes or rivers;
• Indiscriminate and cruel trapping;
• Using dogs to hunt bears.
Unfortunately, the regulations ban wolf and coyote killing only from May 1 to Aug. 9, and also codify a State of Alaska provision prohibiting any disruption of lawful hunting activities. Wilderness Watch recommended against this provision because it could infringe upon the activities of one group of citizens in favor of exclusive use by another group (hunters). This could have significant consequences for equal use of our public lands in the future.
Bears, wolves, caribou, and other native wildlife are an integral part of what makes these places truly wild. Wilderness Watch will continue to work to keep the 2015 NPS rule in place and protect wildlife and the integrity of Wilderness in our Preserves.
Send a letter to Zinke supporting the 2015 NPS rule.