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Alaska Wildlife Public Hearings Announced

National Park Service-Alaska Sets Hearings for Sport Hunting Proposals. Written Comment period ends December 3, 2014.

Wildlife Press Release Click Here

 

Alaska's wolves & bears need your help

The National Park Service is accepting public comments on these proposed regulations until December 3, 2014

 

For more than a decade, the State of Alaska has intensified its efforts to control predator populations

for the purpose of increasing numbers of game animals for hunters. This now includes allowing the baiting of bears, hunting wolves and their pups during denning season, and increasing seasons and bag limits for predator species even our National Park Preserves. These inappropriate and unethical methods have no place anywhere, especially in our National Preserves. The National Park Service has initiated a regulatory process to preempt such State hunting rules that have the intent to manipulate predator populations to increase game for hunters. This marks a new precedent for protection of wildlife and the wild qualities on federal lands established for protection. The National Park Service is accepting public comments on these proposed regulations until December 3, 2014. A strong show of public support is necessary to assure that the National Park Service actually finalizes these rules. 

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

 

Send comments to the Park Service

akro_compendium@nps.gov

National Park Service
240 West 5th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501

 

Tell them that you... 

· Support the proposed regulations that would preempt State hunting rules having the intent to reduce predators and increase game animals for sport hunters in the Alaska National Preserves.

· Support the purposes for which the National Preserves were established: to preserve natural diversity, ecological processes, and to maintain wildness.

· Support the proposed prohibition of hunting wolves during the denning season when they are especially vulnerable.

· Support prohibition of using bait to kill brown bears, but recommend that the final rule include a prohibition on using bait to kill black bears as well. (Bear baiting leads to food habituated bears, creating safety problems for both humans and bears alike.)

· Support prohibition of the use of artificial light to assist in killing bears while they are in their dens.

· Support prohibition of the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) in the National Preserves for any purpose, including hunting.

 COMMENT HERE!

 

PLEASE REMEMBER, it is most effective if your comments are "substantive", explaining that these measures are necessary to fulfill Preserve purposes, the National Park Service Organic Act, and the Wilderness Act.

 

 Read proposed regulations - click here 


 

The National Park Service is accepting public comments on these proposed regulations until December 3, 2014

 
 
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