The Trump administration’s Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, has proposed rolling back a 2015 National Park Service rule that banned controversial hunting practices on 19 million acres of America’s National Preserves in Alaska, which includes millions of acres of Wilderness.
The new proposed rule from the Trump administration would amend the National Park Service's current regulations prohibiting unethical and barbaric practices in our National Preserves and Wildernesses in Alaska. These outrageous killing practices are not permitted elsewhere on National Parks and Preserves and they have no place on America’s Preserves in Alaska either:
- 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.
Please submit a public comment opposing the proposed rollback of wildlife protections in America’s National Preserves in Alaska. You can submit your comment online: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NPS-2018-0005-0001
Please write in your own words, but consider including the following points in your comment letter:
- I’m writing today to demand that the Department of Interior abandon the proposed rule (RIN 1024-AE38).
- The proposed rule seeks to repeal a common-sense 2015 rule that prohibited overly aggressive predator control practices on National Preserves in Alaska.
- The 2015 rule banned unethical and barbaric practices such as killing mother bears and cubs at their den sites; baiting brown and black bears with pastries 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; and using dogs to hunt bears.
- These practices are not permitted elsewhere in National Parks or Preserves and are not in keeping with the spirit or the language of the National Park Service’s directive 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."
- This proposed rule would overturn an existing 2015 NPS rule that is consistent with federal law and outlaws overly aggressive predator control practices on these preserves in Alaska. This 2015 rule was supported by scientists and thousands of Americans who commented in support of protecting predators from these cruel killing practices.
Submit your comment: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NPS-2018-0005-0001
Thank you for taking action to help protect wildlife on National Preserves in Alaska!