Until last week, hibernating bears with their cubs, and wolves and their pups in Alaska were protected by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule from being hunted and trapped with steel-jawed leghold traps and neck wire snares. Now, thanks to a former board member of the NRA and licensed trapper, Rep. Don Young of Alaska, those protections no longer exist. Congress passed H.J. Res. 69 that will now allow some of the worst wildlife management practices in a century.
Now hunters can shoot shoot bears from airplanes, land and water, trap them using inhumane and cruel snares, and kill wolf pups in their dens.
Apparently, the State of Alaska had trophy hunters and state agents kill grizzly bears, black bears and wolves in order to create more moose and caribou for hunters to shoot. The NRA and Safari Club are powerful lobbies. This happened even though a 2016 poll showed that Alaskans oppose denning of wolves by more than a 2-1 margin. Furthermore, more than a dozen wildlife biologists from Alaska wrote letters to Congress opposing this terrible resolution.
The debate is now going to the Senate. If you agree that this is a travesty for these innocent, defenseless animals, you can help by calling your Senator and asking him/her to oppose S. J. Res. 18 asap. Click here for your Senator’s name. If it is helpful, here is some text you may want to use:
“Please oppose Senators Sullivan and Murkowski’s Joint Resolution 18 which would revoke the FWS rule protecting wildlife on Alaska national wildlife refuges from cruel hunting methods.”