In a total reverse of humane and ethical hunting practices, bears that happen to roam the federal lands of Alaska, will soon be in big trouble as they fight for their lives as hunters lure them to their deaths baiting the animals with bacon and donuts.
According to Reuters, the Trump administration’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, on Tuesday moved to cancel rules that banned hunting methods on federal land in Alaska animal advocacy groups and conservationists view as inhumane and cruel. Under the proposed changes, hunters could use dogs to hunt bears, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou. Other animals could be shot and killed from airplanes and snowmobiles, and animals could be lured over to awaiting hunters with sweets and poisons.
The Park Service contends the proposal is consistent with states wanting to expand recreational hunting.
“The proposed rule would apply the State of Alaska’s hunting regulations to national preserve lands, with limited exceptions.”
During Obama’s administration in 2015, legislators banned bear-baiting and stated such predatory methods would upset the balance of wildlife and was “inconsistent with federal law authorizing sport hunting in national preserves in Alaska. In addition, the rule also included a ban on sport hunters using artificial lights to enter into black bear dens as a way to surprise them and kill the mother and her cubs as well as banning the trapping of gray wolves during their denning season,
Zinke, however after several meetings with the National Rifle Association and the Safari Club, contends hunters “will be provided opportunity for harvests of wolves, coyotes, bears, and other species as requested by the public.” An environmental assessment to determine the impact on the wildlife population is planned, however supporters state the impact will be negligible. Republicans cheered the actions while Democrats and conservationists condemned the action.
There are believed to be about 30,000 grizzly bears in Alaska and 100,000 black bears.
“This isn’t hunting — it’s slaughter,” Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “Killing wolves and bears in this cruel, unsportsmanlike fashion is outrageous, especially in national wildlife refuges that belong to all Americans.”
Click here to weigh in on the proposal during the public comment period which closes July 23.
You may submit comments, identified by Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1024-AE38, by either of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
- Mail or hand deliver to: National Park Service, Regional Director, Alaska Regional Office, 240 West 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501.
- Instructions: Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or in any way other than those specified above. All submissions received must include the words “National Park Service” or “NPS” and must include the docket number or RIN (1024-AE38) for this rulemaking. Comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
- Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov.
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Herbert C. Frost, Regional Director, Alaska Regional Office, 240 West 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501. Phone (907) 644-3510. Email: AKR_Regulations@nps.gov.
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