A sleeping bear cub shouldn’t be shot for sport. Neither should a wolf pup in its den with its mother. But if the Trump administration gets its way, these vulnerable predators could be killed in Alaska’s national preserves with impunity.
Federal law currently bans these cruel hunting practices, but guided by the Trump administration’s crusade to expand sport hunting on public lands, the National Park Service is considering lifting protections against killing vulnerable predators.
Three years ago, more than 70,000 outraged Americans spoke out against these extreme sport hunting practices, and the Park Service listened. It responded with a rule that outlawed the killing. We need you to speak up again and tell Interior Secretary Zinke to protect wildlife in national preserves.
Before the rule was issued, sport hunters could shoot sleeping black bear cubs and wolf and coyote pups, shoot swimming caribou from motor boats, and bait and kill black and brown bears.
The Park Service found that these methods of killing not only disrupt natural predator-prey dynamics for the sole purpose of increasing sport harvests, but also pose threats to public safety.
This is not an isolated attack on protected wildlife. Last week, Senator Barrasso of Wyoming released a bill that would weaken the Endangered Species Act by undercutting federal authority to protect species on the brink of extinction and undermining citizens’ ability to go to court to enforce the law.
Shooting defenseless bear cubs and wolf pups is cruel, unnecessary and has no business on our protected federal lands.
Speak up for these crucial protections. Tell Secretary Zinke that these extreme hunting practices are unacceptable on protected federal lands.