Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has directed the National Park Service (NPS) to allow extreme hunting methods in Alaska's national preserves, like baiting brown bears, killing black bear mothers and cubs in dens, and killing wolves and pups by trapping during denning season. This is shameful and outrageous.
Three years ago, NPS successfully banned these extreme hunting methods in Alaska's national preserves. But now, in a complete reversal, Secretary Zinke is ordering the Park Service to surrender its authority to protect bears and wolves and return to these shameful and unethical practices.
Speak up for national park wildlife! Tell Secretary Zinke these hunting methods are unacceptable, and that NPS should protect bears and wolves in Alaska's national parks and preserves.
Dear [Decision maker],
As someone who cares about America's national parks, I strongly oppose the National Park Service's attempt to roll back 2015 clarifications of existing park authority to protect bears and wolves on Alaska national preserves. Extreme sport hunting methods, like brown bear baiting and killing hibernating black bear mothers and cubs in dens, don't belong on national preserves in Alaska.
National parks and preserves in Alaska were set aside by Congress as special places where bears, wolves and other wildlife roam as part of a natural ecosystem. This is why I oppose the National Park Service's proposal to allow extreme hunting practices.
I urge you to protect our last, best chance to make sure our children inherit a world with wild spaces and wildlife. Thank you.