The Trump administration is making a new move, and the latest controversial set of rules horrifies conservation groups. The National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service support legislation that gives hunters the right to hunt and trap wild animals.
Wildlife protection organizations don’t agree with the new legislation. Hunters should never approach these lands. Their hunting methods were banned on federal lands in 2015, and this should never happen again. But the Trump administration had different plans.
Federal agencies have reduced the limitations for the hunting of bears, wolves, coyotes, and their offsprings.
The new rules include ten preserves in Alaska under National Park Service management. This doesn’t include the Denali National Park and Preserve.
Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued orders to encourage the legislation in 2017. Zinke wanted to provide bigger recreational access for hunting and fishing in Alaska.
Today, hunters can bait brown and black bears using human food and artificial light. They can kill wolves and coyotes in their dens even when mothers wean their cubs. Some hunters like to use dogs to hunt bears and to hunt swimming caribou from their motorboats.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska now allows brown bear hunting in “registered bait stations. President Donald Trump and his administration reversed the bans former President Barack Obama created.
Hunters will be able to kill animals as of July 9.
“Allowing the killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens is barbaric and inhumane. It takes no skill or cunning to lure bears with donuts and shoot caribou from motorboats. The killing of animals for enjoyment or sport not only causes mass suffering to wildlife, but it threatens whole ecosystems and wildlife habitats.
Around the world, places once famous for hunting are finding greater value in preserving their wildlife for viewing rather than killing.
There’s more to environmental protection than leaving enough animals for the next generation to shoot and kill. Together, we need to commit to ending the use of wild animals for entertainment.”
Victor Joseph, chair of the Tanana Chiefs Conference that represents 42 tribes of the Alaska interior shared his take on the situation. He said, “The previous limitations enacted in 2015 threatened our way of life and our centuries-long sustainable management practices.”
Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy sais that the reversal “confirms the sovereign authorities the state has with respect to managing wildlife on our national preserve lands. This is a step towards acknowledging Alaska’s rightful control over fish and wildlife resources all across the state.”
This is not a positive development of the situation. The new rule will lead to uncontrolled hunting, and authorities will have to deal with the consequences.