Congress Advances Legislation to Kill Wolves, Bears in Alaska — Bill Would Repeal Protections on National Wildlife Refuges

For Immediate Release, February 16, 2017

Bill Would Repeal Protections on National Wildlife RefugesCongress Advances Legislation to Kill Wolves, Bears in Alaska

WASHINGTON— The House of Representatives today used the Congressional Review Act to strip away protections implemented during the Obama administration for wolves, bears and other predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. By eliminating these protections, the House measure greenlights killing wolves and their pups in their dens and allows bears to be gunned down at bait stations.

“Rolling back protections for predators defies everything wildlife refuges stand for,” said Emily Jeffers, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Refuges are places where we celebrate biological diversity, not where wolves and bears are inhumanely killed for no good reason. It’s an outrage that Congress would revoke rules that stop the senseless slaughter of predators, heedless of the important role these animals play in healthy ecosystems.”

In August 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized regulations that protected predators from new predator-control tactics approved by Alaska’s Board of Game. These tactics include killing black bear cubs or mother with cubs at den sites; killing brown bears over bait; trapping and killing brown and black bears with steel-jaw leghold traps or wire snares; killing wolves and coyotes during denning season; and killing brown and black bears from aircraft.

Alaska’s predator control activities are intended solely to artificially inflate prey populations, such as moose, for human hunting. House Joint Resolution 69, citing authority under the Congressional Review Act, would undo all those protections.

“This action is yet another extremist assault on the environment by certain members of Congress,” Jeffers said. “This bill has no scientific support and would dismantle rules that ensure wildlife refuges help conserve our natural heritage for future generations. We will do everything in our power to fight this mean-spirited attack on these magnificent animals and stop it from becoming law.”

The Service’s predator-protection regulations are also under attack from the state of Alaska, which is challenging the regulations in federal court. The Center and its allies have intervened on behalf of the Service to defend the challenged regulations.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.2 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.


8 thoughts on “Congress Advances Legislation to Kill Wolves, Bears in Alaska — Bill Would Repeal Protections on National Wildlife Refuges

  1. This is low, even for H. sapiens–killing wolf pups in their dens (kind of like murdering Harambe in his enclosure!) and shooting bears that have been tempted with bait. Now the killing is so bold-faced there is no attempt at covering up the deed with stories about “fairness.” Yeah, fair like killing babies in their safe space and offering hungry bears food to shot them. Now we know where one basket of deplorables will be during hunting season.

  2. This just comes to show the society decadence. The lose of values, the la ck of respect to life, the freezing cold blood of licensed murderers waiting to have their share of blood while drewling t to be legally aproved to kill innocent beings with no weapons, helpeless and for no reason.

  3. War on Environment & Wildlife & Environment:

    The Republican Brain is destructive to wildlife, wilderness, the environment. Republicans have voted against the environment and wildlife 92-99 % of the time the past 15 years They want to gut and undermine EPA, ESA, and relegate them to state control and turn over public lands to corporate interests, ranchers, extraction industries, damaging recreational activities, essentially to state management. Pristine places, wildlife refuges, predators, balanced wildlife ecology will be under assault with a republican congress, a Trump-GOP congresional and executive branch alliance, and all those state republican legislatures quadruples the threats to conservation, and even public land. The biases will favor the hunters, trappers, ranchers, and extraction industries. Destructive forces are unleashed.

  4. I got this news from HSUS a few days ago. I have decided that I will write to trump and ask him to help stop this from becoming a law. I will tell him that there is a group of voters who are single-issue voters and the single issue is animal welfare. I have already composed the letter over the weekend. I am just trying to get over the hopelessness to send it.

  5. Send it! It’s worth a try. This bill is so bad that I’d throw up my hands in disgust and walk away from any other issue but the protecting public lands and wildlife advocacy; but I did that already, years ago. 🙂

    In this country, freedom means never having to have any responsibility. Well screw that.

    Hunting hibernating bears in dens, and killing wolf pups in dens is repulsive. No better than a burglar or a rapist breaking into a person’s home while they are asleep. Neither party gives a rat’s about anything other than human (never-ending) problems, and I am sick to death of it.

  6. Has anyone ever seen the movie: The Road? Well, that is where we are headed if these maniacs have their way. These a-holes view all minorities expendable and that includes animals, always animals are the first to go, the first to be sacrificed and for what? So some Neanderthal can have a steak?

    UGH! I’m so frustrated and tired of watching animals suffer at the hands of sociopaths.

    This makes me sick. What a disgrace.

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