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Poliquin supports, Pingree opposes bill to allow killing of denning wolves and bears in Alaska refuges
Poliquin supports, Pingree opposes bill to allow killing of denning wolves and bears in Alaska refuges
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a joint resolution (H.J. res 69 aka the Killing Baby Animals in Alaska Act) that would allow the killing of wolf pups and bear cubs, and their mothers, in their dens on National Wildlife Refuge lands in Alaska. The vote was 225 to 193.

The bill overturns a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) rule that prohibited these practices, and others including baiting (using donuts or rotten food to attract bears to a place they are more easily killed) and aerial pursuit of bears, and indiscriminate trapping. This legislation would allow these very aggressive methods of managing bears, wolves, and coyotes on more than 76 million acres of federal lands in Alaska.

Look up your representative's vote on H J res 69 (aka the Killing Baby Animals in Alaska Act) and email them accordingly.

This bill is concerning not only because of the practices it would immediately permit, but because the USFWS would be blocked from ever protecting these species by reissuing the rule under the law that Congress used to consider this measure. That would mean that the state of Alaska would be free to kill wolves, coyotes, and bears on National Wildlife Refuges in these brutal ways without oversight from the agency responsible for these lands–the USFWS.

These refuges are intended to be "managed for the protection and conservation of our nation's wildlife resources." The actions permitted under this legislation are in stark opposition to that intent, spelled out in the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll098.xml

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (Archive on Wednesday, April 5, 2017)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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