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Help stop plans to reverse US hunting ban

Posted: 19 July 2018. Updated: 5 November 2018

The US National Park Service (NPS) plans to reverse a 3-year ban on barbaric hunting practices on federal lands in Alaska, including:

•Killing black bears, cubs, and sows with cubs, with the aid of artificial light at dens
•Baiting black and brown bears
•Using dogs to hunt black bears
•Killing wolves, coyotes, and pups during denning season
•Killing swimming caribou, and hunting them from powerboats

Please join ADI in opposing these previously prohibited and barbaric hunting practices on federal preserve lands in Alaska. Take action TODAY and before November 5, 2018 – see below for details.

Ignoring federal ecosystem conservation policies against favoring one species over another, and appearing to contradict their own previous findings of the impact on natural predator-prey dynamics and public safety, the NPS attributes its reversal to orders from Secretary of Interior Zinke to “expand access significantly for recreational hunting.”

Please help oppose this sickening policy reversal and submit your comment to the NPS today and by the deadline of Monday, November 5. See our template letter below provided for your use. If you receive a response, please forward to usa@ad-international.org Thank you.

You can submit your comment:

•Online: at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket number RIN 1024-AE38.
•By email: Contact Herbert Frost, Regional Director, National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office at AKR_Regulations@nps.gov
•By phone: Call Herbert Frost, Regional Director, National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office on (907) 644-3510.

Important: Please include ‘NPS’ and ‘RIN 1024-AE38’ on all comments and correspondence.

Template letter:

RE: NPS RIN 1024-AE38 Alaska Hunting and Trapping National Preserves

To Alaska Regional Director Frost:

I write in response to the National Park Service’s (NPS) call for public comments (Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1024-AE38) and in strong opposition to the proposal to allow previously prohibited hunting practices, identified as “predator control” practices, on federal preserve lands in Alaska.

36 C.F.R. § 13.42(f) defines predator reduction efforts as “those with the intent or potential to alter or manipulate natural predator-prey dynamics and associated natural ecological processes, in order to increase harvest of ungulates by humans.” The NPS asserts to remove this paragraph (and § 13.42(g)) without scientific basis to support its removal.

The proposal ignores federal ecosystem conservation policies against favoring one species over another, because it favors game species over predators. Ecosystems rely upon their natural predator-prey balance. The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone - one of the NPS’ most recognized parks – underscored this lesson and “continues to astonish biologists with a ripple of direct and indirect consequences throughout the ecosystem.”

The NPS cites Secretarial Order 3347 as directing them to increase recreational opportunities for all Americans, but then imparts a singular focus upon hunting, even where hunters comprise only a small and declining number of citizens, ~5% of the population. Agency decision-making regarding the use of taxpayer funds should appropriately consider that far more American taxpayers participate in nonconsumptive recreational use on federal lands; in fact, 94% of total funding for US wildlife conservation and management comes from the non-hunting public.

This proposal is inconsistent with Order 3347, because it would permit cruel and inhumane hunting practices that risk public safety and natural ecosystem balance, and because it ignores and interferes with the participation, by most Americans, in nonconsumptive recreational opportunities.

Accordingly, I urge the NPS to forego this amendment and to leave the current rule in place, consistent with earlier federal findings these practices: (1) to have intent or potential to alter or manipulate natural predator-prey dynamics … (2) to adversely impact public safety; or (3) to be inconsistent with federal law.”

Respectfully,

[Your name here]

You can also see ADI’s comment submission here.

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