|In an encouraging move in defense of conservation and ethical management, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) passed regulations last year that finally limited Alaska’s abhorrent “Intensive Management” of predators on wildlife refuges. In response, Alaska’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation that would overturn this regulation and allow Alaska to once again exterminate bears, wolves, and coyotes on national wildlife refuges and other federal lands in the state.
The joint resolution (H.J. Res. 69 and S.J. Res. 18) would do away with a FWS rule that prohibits some of the most offensive and inhumane means of management:
– Baiting and luring bears with rotting food to an area where hunters are waiting to kill them;
– Killing coyote, bear, and wolf mothers and their pups in their dens;
– The use of steel-jawed leghold traps and wire neck snares to kill grizzly bears;
– And, the use of airplanes to chase and gun down grizzly bears.
These inhumane and unsustainable acts are misguided and unscientific attempts by the Alaska Board of Game to bolster caribou, deer, and moose populations at any cost. The so-called “Intensive Management” policy led to the designation of areas where all wolves, bears, and coyotes would be targeted for killing–even on national wildlife refuges!
FWS was within its mandate and was supported by scientists and the public when it reigned in Alaska’s Board of Game with last year’s regulation. This attempt by Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) to rescind this rule ignores the wildlife watchers that outnumber hunters in Alaska five to one and would curtail their spending of the same magnitude by seeking to turn national wildlife refuges and other federal lands in Alaska into killing fields.
Take action to stop this return to unethical, inhumane, and unsustainable “Intensive Management” in Alaska: tell your senators and representative to oppose the so-called Killing Baby Animals in Alaska Act (H.J. Res. 69 and S.J. Res. 18).
Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.