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Tweet4Wolves-Stop H.J.Resolution 69

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1. Stop #HJResolution69 which sanctions #AnimalCruelty on wildlife refuges in #Alaska @lutherstrange @senshelby pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE  Tweet4Wolves 

2.  Stop #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands on #Alaska Refuges @lutherstrange @senshelby pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE  Tweet4Wolves 

3. Protecting #wildlife from inhumane cruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one. Stop #HJResolution69 pic.twitter.com/ax0RSkoNgM Tweet4Wolves 

4. Stop #HJResolution69 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenateDems @SenateGOP pic.twitter.com/CLnM4b0GbV Tweet4Wolves 

5. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @lutherstrange @senshelby  Tweet4Wolves 

6. Alaskans support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science & ethical standards @lutherstrange @senshelby Stop #HJResolution69  Tweet4Wolves  

7. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”-BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @lutherstrange @senshelby Tweet4Wolves 

8. Protecting #wildlife from inhumane cruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @lutherstrange @senshelby Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

 9. Stop #HJResolution69 and #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on our #PublicLands in #Alaska pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves

10. Stop #HJResolution69 and #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Wildlife Refuges @jeffflake @senjohnmccain Tweet4Wolves 

11. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @jeffflake @senjohnmccain Tweet4Wolves  

12. Alaskans support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science & ethical standards @jeffflake @senjohnmccain Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

13. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @jeffflake @senjohnmccain Tweet4Wolves 

14. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @jeffflake @senjohnmccain Stop #HJResolution69  Tweet4Wolves 

15. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Wildlife Refuges @sentomcotton @johnboozman Tweet4Wolves 

16. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @sentomcotton @johnboozman Tweet4Wolves 

17. Alaskans support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science & ethical standards @sentomcotton @johnboozman Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

18. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @sentomcotton @johnboozman Tweet4Wolves 

19. Protecting #wildlife from inhumane cruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @sentomcotton @johnboozman Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

20. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Wildlife Refuges @senfeinstein @KamalaHarris Tweet4Wolves  

21. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @senfeinstein @KamalaHarris Tweet4Wolves 

22. Alaskans support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science ðical standards  @senfeinstein @KamalaHarris Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

23. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69  @senfeinstein @KamalaHarris Tweet4Wolves 

24. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one  @senfeinstein @KamalaHarris Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

25. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Wildlife Refuges @sencorygardner @senbennetco Tweet4Wolves 

26. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @sencorygardner @senbennetco Tweet4Wolves 

27. Alaskans support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @sencorygardner @senbennetco Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

28. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69  @sencorygardner @senbennetco Tweet4Wolves 

29. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @sencorygardner @senbennetco Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

30. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @chrismurphyct @senblumenthal Tweet4Wolves  

31. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @chrismurphyct @senblumenthal Tweet4Wolves 

32. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @chrismurphyct @senblumenthal Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

33. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69  @chrismurphyct @senblumenthal Tweet4Wolves 

34. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @chrismurphyct @senblumenthal  Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves

35. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Wildlife Refuges @senatorcarper @chriscoons Tweet4Wolves 

36. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @senatorcarper @chriscoons Tweet4Wolves 

37. Alaskans support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @senatorcarper @chriscoons Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

38. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69  @senatorcarper @chriscoons Tweet4Wolves 

39. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @senatorcarper @chriscoons  Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

40. Stop #HJResolution69 and #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on our #PublicLands in #Alaska Wildlife Refuges @senbillnelson @marcorubio Tweet4Wolves 

41. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @senbillnelson @marcorubio Tweet4Wolves

42. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @senbillnelson @marcorubio  Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

43. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @senbillnelson @marcorubio Tweet4Wolves 

44. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @senbillnelson @marcorubio Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

45. Vote No on #HJResolution69 and No on #SJResolution18 @senbillnelson @marcorubio @senatorcarper @chriscoons  pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

46. Vote No on #HJResolution69 and No on #SJResolution18 @chrismurphyct @senblumenthal @sencorygardner @senbennetco pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves

47. Vote No on #HJResolution69 and No on #SJResolution18 @senfeinstein @KamalaHarris @johnboozman @sentomcotton pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

48. Vote No on #HJResolution69 and No on #SJResolution18 @jeffflake @senjohnmccain pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

49. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @sendavidperdue @senatorisakson Tweet4Wolves 

50. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @sendavidperdue @senatorisakson Tweet4Wolves 

51. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @sendavidperdue @senatorisakson Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

52. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @sendavidperdue @senatorisakson Tweet4Wolves 

53. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @sendavidperdue @senatorisakson Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

54. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @maziehirono @brianschatz Tweet4Wolves  

55. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @maziehirono @brianschatz Tweet4Wolves  

56. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @maziehirono @brianschatz  Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

57. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @maziehirono @brianschatz Tweet4Wolves 

58. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @maziehirono @brianschatz  Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

59. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @senatorrisch @mikecrapo Tweet4Wolves  

60. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @senatorrisch @mikecrapo Tweet4Wolves 

61. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @senatorrisch @mikecrapo Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves

 62. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @senatorrisch @mikecrapo Tweet4Wolves  

63. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @senatorrisch @mikecrapo Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

64. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @senatordurbin @tammyforil Tweet4Wolves  

 65. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @senatordurbin @tammyforil Tweet4Wolves  

66. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @senatordurbin @tammyforil Stop #HJResolution69  Tweet4Wolves

67. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @senatordurbin @tammyforil Tweet4Wolves  

68. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @senatordurbin @tammyforil Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  


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A. The Case Against #HJResolution69 bit.ly/2kUxrqV @lisamurkowski @sendansullivan @repdonyoung  Tweet4Wolves

B. The Case Against #HJResolution69 bit.ly/2kUxrqV  @lutherstrange @senshelby @jeffflake @senjohnmccain Tweet4Wolves  

C. The Case Against #HJResolution69 bit.ly/2kUxrqV @sentomcotton @johnboozman @senfeinstein @KamalaHarris Tweet4Wolves 

D. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @sencorygardner @senbennetco @chrismurphyct @senblumenthal Tweet4Wolves 

E. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @senatorcarper @chriscoons @senbillnelson @marcorubio Tweet4Wolves 

F. The Case Against #HJResolution69 bit.ly/2kUxrqV  @sendavidperdue @senatorisakson @maziehirono @brianschatz Tweet4Wolves 

G. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @senatorrisch @mikecrapo @senatordurbin @tammyforil Tweet4Wolves  

69. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @sendonnelly @SenToddYoung Tweet4Wolves 

70. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @sendonnelly @SenToddYoung Tweet4Wolves 

71. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenDonnelly @SenToddYoung Stop #HJResolution69  Tweet4Wolves 

72. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenDonnelly @SenToddYoung Tweet4Wolves 

73. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenDonnelly @SenToddYoung Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

74. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @senjoniernst @chuckgrassley Tweet4Wolves  

75. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @senjoniernst @chuckgrassley  Tweet4Wolves  

76. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @senjoniernst @chuckgrassley Stop #HJResolution69  Tweet4Wolves  

77. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @senjoniernst @chuckgrassley Tweet4Wolves  

78. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @senjoniernst @chuckgrassley Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

79. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @senpatroberts @jerrymoran Tweet4Wolves  

80. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @senpatroberts @jerrymoran Tweet4Wolves  

81. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @senpatroberts @jerrymoran Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

82. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @senpatroberts @jerrymoran Tweet4Wolves  

83. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @senpatroberts @jerrymoran Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

84. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenateMajLdr @randpaul  Tweet4Wolves  

85. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenateMajLdr @randpaul Tweet4Wolves  

86. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards  @SenateMajLdr @randpaul Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

87. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenateMajLdr @randpaul Tweet4Wolves  

88. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenateMajLdr @randpaul Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

89. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @billcassidy @johnkennedyla Tweet4Wolves  

90. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @billcassidy @johnkennedyla Tweet4Wolves  

91. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @billcassidy @johnkennedyla Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

92. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @billcassidy @johnkennedyla Tweet4Wolves  

93. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @billcassidy @johnkennedyla Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

94. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenAngusKing @senatorcollins Tweet4Wolves  

95. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenAngusKing @senatorcollins Tweet4Wolves  

96. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards  @SenAngusKing @senatorcollins Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

97. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenAngusKing @senatorcollins Tweet4Wolves  

98. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenAngusKing @senatorcollins Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

99. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenatorCardin @chrisvanhollen Tweet4Wolves  

100. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenatorCardin @chrisvanhollen Tweet4Wolves  

101. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards  @SenatorCardin @chrisvanhollen Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

102. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenatorCardin @chrisvanhollen Tweet4Wolves  

103. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenatorCardin @chrisvanhollen Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

104. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenWarren @SenMarkey Tweet4Wolves  

105. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenWarren @SenMarkey Tweet4Wolves  

106. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards  @SenWarren @SenMarkey Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

107. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenWarren @SenMarkey Tweet4Wolves  

108. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenWarren @SenMarkey Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

Please do not add images to lettered tweets:

H. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenWarren @SenMarkey @SenatorCardin @chrisvanhollen Tweet4Wolves  

I. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenAngusKing @senatorcollins @billcassidy @johnkennedyla Tweet4Wolves  

J. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenMajLdr @randpaul @senpatroberts @jerrymoran Tweet4Wolves  

K. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @senjoniernst @chuckgrassley @sendonnelly @toddyoungin Tweet4Wolves  

L. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenStabenow @SenGaryPeters @amyklobuchar @SenFranken @nytimes @adndotcom Tweet4Wolves  

M. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenatorWicker @SenThadCochran @clairecmc  @RoyBlunt @latimes @Alaska Tweet4Wolves  

N. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenatorTester @stevedaines @SenatorFischer @SenSasse @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves  

O. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenDeanHeller @CatherineForNV @SenatorShaheen @SenatorHassan Tweet4Wolves 

109. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenStabenow @SenGaryPeters Tweet4Wolves  

110. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenStabenow @SenGaryPeters Tweet4Wolves 

111. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenStabenow @SenGaryPeters Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

112. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenStabenow @SenGaryPeters Tweet4Wolves  

113. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenStabenow @SenGaryPeters Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

114. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @amyklobuchar @SenFranken Tweet4Wolves  

115. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @amyklobuchar @SenFranken Tweet4Wolves  

116. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @amyklobuchar @SenFranken Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

117. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @amyklobuchar @SenFranken Tweet4Wolves  

118. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @amyklobuchar @SenFranken Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

119. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenatorWicker @SenThadCochran Tweet4Wolves  

120. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenatorWicker @SenThadCochran Tweet4Wolves  

121. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenatorWicker @SenThadCochran Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

122. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenatorWicker @SenThadCochran Tweet4Wolves  

123. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenatorWicker @SenThadCochran Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

124. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @clairecmc @RoyBlunt Tweet4Wolves  

125. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @clairecmc @RoyBlunt Tweet4Wolves  

126. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @clairecmc @RoyBlunt  Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

127. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @clairecmc @RoyBlunt Tweet4Wolves  

 128. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @clairecmc @RoyBlunt Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

129. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenatorTester @SteveDaines Tweet4Wolves  

130. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenatorTester @SteveDaines Tweet4Wolves  

131. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenatorTester @SteveDaines Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

132. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenatorTester @SteveDaines Tweet4Wolves  

133. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenatorTester @SteveDaines Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves  

134. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenatorFischer @SenSasse Tweet4Wolves 

135. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenatorFischer @SenSasse Tweet4Wolves 

136. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenatorFischer @SenSasse Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

137. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenatorFischer @SenSasse Tweet4Wolves 

138. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenatorFischer @SenSasse Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

139. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenDeanHeller @CatherineForNV Tweet4Wolves 

140. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenDeanHeller @CatherineForNV Tweet4Wolves 

141. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenDeanHeller @CatherineForNV Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

142. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenDeanHeller @CatherineForNV Tweet4Wolves 

143. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenDeanHeller @CatherineForNV Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

144. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenatorShaheen @Maggie_Hassan Tweet4Wolves 

145. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenatorShaheen @Maggie_Hassan Tweet4Wolves 

146. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenatorShaheen @Maggie_Hassan  Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

147. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenatorShaheen @Maggie_Hassan Tweet4Wolves 

148. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenatorShaheen @Maggie_Hassan Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

149. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker Tweet4Wolves 

150. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker Tweet4Wolves 

151. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

152. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker Tweet4Wolves 

153. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker Stop #HJResolution69 Tweet4Wolves 

VIDEO TWEETS: 

1. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @lutherstrange @SenShelby pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

2. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska  @JefffFlake @SenJohnMccain pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

3. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska   @SenTomCotton @JohnBoozman pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

4. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenFeinstein @KamalaHarris pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

5. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska  @SenCoryGardner @SenBennetCO pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

6. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @ChrisMurphyCT @SenBlumenthal pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

7. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska  @SenatorCarper @ChrisCoons pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

8. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenBillNelson @marcorubio pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

9. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @maziehirono @brianschatz pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

10. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenatorRisch @MikeCrapo pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

11. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenatorDurbin @TammyforIL pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

12. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenDonnelly @SenToddYoung  pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

13. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenJoniErnst @ChuckGrassley pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

14. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenateMajLdr @RandPaul  pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

15. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @BillCassidy @SenJohnKennedy  pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

16. #HJResolution69 will impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenAngusKing @SenatorCollins  pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

17. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenatorCardin @ChrisVanHollen  pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

18. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenWarren @SenMarkey   pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

19. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenStabenow @SenGaryPeters   pic.twitter.com/v7wp4bNTkE Tweet4Wolves 

Please follow this link for the second set of tweets 

Thank you. 

Contact Your U.S. Senators | Nay on H.J.Res. 69

Please cut and paste the following letter and email to your US. Senators (linked at the end of this post).

Dear Senator,

In 2003 the Alaska Board of Game began to aggressively apply controversial “intensive predator management” practices over a large portion of the state. These abhorrent practices continued in every game management unit with efforts to lengthen hunting/trapping seasons for wolves, as well as increasing bag limits, to opening seasons when pups were young and helpless. Young wolf pups were gassed in dens, bears snared and trapped — body parts sold. Private pilots, over a hundred, were licensed to shoot wolves from the air. 

The war against the wolf was horrific and inhumane. 

Clearly, existing mandates for the conservation of natural and biological diversity, biological integrity and environmental health on refuges in Alaska were disregarded, prompting USFWS to issue the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule, which formally established a goal of biodiversity as the guiding principle of federal management of wildlife refuges. The rule made it quite clear it would have no impact on subsistence hunters.

The Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule follows the law and manages the refuges as Congress intended. A vote in favor of H.J.Resolution 69 would unleash cruel, egregious, aggressive sustained slaughter purportedly aimed at increasing ungulate herds, whilst defying the need for a balanced ecosystem and the predator-prey relationship. A similar measure (S.J.Resolution 18) introduced in the Senate also seeks to erode federal management authority over Alaska Wildlife Refuges and should be set aside.

These are our public lands which should be managed as Congress intended, for all Americans, not as “game farms” for the benefit of the few.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this extremely urgent matter. For more information regarding Alaska’s Intensive Predator Management please see this informative attachment: The Case Against H.J.Resolution 69 http://wp.me/p6o9qd-14h

Sincerely,

Your name 


All U.S. Senators, 115th Congress are listed below in alphabetical order by state.  Find your Senator here and tap their last name to send an email: 

Alaska:

•Senator Lisa Murkowski (R)  
•Senator Dan Sullivan (R) 

Alabama:

•Senator Richard C. Shelby (R) Or via website

 •Senator Luther Strange (R) (website), temporary email:  luther@lutherstrange.com

Arkansas:
•John Boozman (R)  

•Tom Cotton (R)  

Arizona:

•Jeff Flake (R) 

•John McCain (R)

California:

•Dianne Feinstein (D)

•Kamala D. Harris (D) 

Colorado:

•Michael Bennet (D)

 •Cory Gardner (R)

Connecticut:

•Richard Blumenthal (D)

•Christopher Murphy  (D)

Delaware:

•Thomas Carper  (D)

•Christopher Coons  (D)

Florida:

•Bill Nelson  (D)

•Marco Rubio  (R)

Georgia:

•Johnny Isakson  (R)

•David Perdue  (R)

Hawaii:

•Mazie K. Hirono (D)

 •Brian Schatz (D)

Iowa:

•Joni Ernst (R)

•Chuck Grassley (R)

Idaho:

•Mike Crapo (R)

•James E. Risch (R) 

Illinois:

•Tammy Duckworth (D)

 •Richard J. Durbin  (D)

Indiana:

•Joe Donnelly (D)

•Todd Young (R)

Kansas:

•Jerry Moran (R)

•Pat Roberts (R)

Kentucky:

•Mitch McConnell (R)

•Paul Rand (R)

Louisiana: 

•Bill Cassidy (R)

•John Kennedy (R)

Massachusetts:

•Edward J. Markey (D)

•Elizabeth Warren (D)

Maryland:

•Benjamin L. Cardin (D)

•Christopher Van Hollen (D)

Maine:

•Susan M. Collins (R)

•Angus S. King, Jr. (I)

Michigan:

•Gary C. Peters (D)

•Debbie Stabenow (D)

Minnesota:

•Al Franken (D)

•Amy Klobuchar (D)

Missouri:

•Roy Blunt (R)

•Claire McCaskill (R)

Mississippi:

•Thad Cochran  (R)

•Roger F. Wicker (R)

Montana:

•Steve Daines (R)

•Jon Tester (D)

North Carolina:

•Richard Burr (R)

•Thom Tillis (R)

North Dakota:

•Heidi Heitkamp (D)

•John Hoeven (R)

Nebraska:

•Deb Fischer (R)

•Ben Sasse (R)

New Hampshire:

•Barbara Wood Hassan (D)

•Jeanne Shaheen (D)

New Jersey:

•Cory A. Booker (D)

•Robert Menendez (D)

New Mexico:

•Martin Heinrich (D)

•Tom Udall (D)

Nevada:

•Catherine Cortez Masto (D)

•Dean Heller (R)

New York:

•Kristen E.  Gillibrand (D)

•Charles E. Schumer (D)

Ohio:

•Sherrod Brown (D)

•Rob Portman (R)

Oklahoma:

•James M. Inhofe (R)

•James Lankford (R)

Oregon:

•Jeff Merkley (D)

•Ron Wyden (D)

Pennsylvania:

•Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D)

•Patrick J. Toomey (R)

Rhode Island:

•Jack Reed (D)

•Sheldon Whitehouse (D)

South Carolina:

•Lindsay Graham (R)

•Tim Scott (R)

South Dakota:

•Mike Rounds (R)

•John Thune (R)

Tennessee:

•Lamar Alexander (R)

•Bob Corker (R) 

Texas:

•John Cornyn (R)

•Ted Cruz (R)

Utah:

•Orrin Hatch (R)  

•Mike Lee (R)

Virginia:

•Tim Kaine (D)

•Mark R. Warner (D)

Vermont:

•Patrick J. Leahy (D)

•Bernie Sanders (I)

Washington:

•Maria Cantwell (D)

•Patty Murray (D)

Wisconsin:

•Tammy Baldwin (D)

•Ron Johnson (R)

West Virginia:

•Shelly Moore Capito (R)

•Joe Manchin (D)

Wyoming:

•John Barrasso (R)

•Michael Enzi (R)         

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The Case Against H.J.Resolution 69 and S.J.Resolution 18

House lawmakers, on Thursday, February 16th, passed a measure to repeal a recently implemented rule that banned abhorrent practices such as shooting/ trapping wolves while at dens with pups, killing hibernating bears and spotting Grizzlies from aircraft for kill upon landing. The rule aligns with a similar National Park Service rule, which was finalized in October, 2015, banning abhorrent practices such as “bear baiting” and the Game Boards liberal predator control “management”.

The legislation, authored by Representative Don Young, would undo the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule, opening the door for the state to resume aggressive predator control tactics including shooting wolves from airplanes, spotting bears from aircraft for kill upon landing, and killing cubs and pups in their dens on more than 76 million acres of national wildlife refuge land in Alaska. A recently introduced companion measure (S.J.Resolution 18), sponsored by Senator Dan Sullivan, also seeks to erode federal management authority over Alaska Wildlife Refuges and should be set aside. 

Under the rule, issued August 3rd, 2016, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, predator control is not allowed on Alaska’s 16 national wildlife refuges “unless it is determined to be necessary to meet refuge purposes, is consistent with federal laws and policy and is based on sound science in response to a conservation concern.” The law also bans specific hunting methods on Alaska refuges, including killing bear cubs or adult females with cubs, baiting brown bears, taking bears using snares and traps, and aerial shooting of bears and wolves.

  • The rule “clarifies how existing mandates for the conservation of natural and biological diversity, biological integrity, and environmental health on refuges in Alaska relate to predator control; prohibits several particularly effective methods and means for take of predators”. The rule formally established a goal of biodiversity as the guiding principle of federal management of wildlife refuges. The rule also made it clear there would be no impact on subsistence hunters. 

In a blog post published the day of the final ruling in August, former FWS Director Dan Ashe said that in implementing Alaska’s Intensive Management Law, the Alaska Board of Game had “unleashed a withering attack  on bears and wolves that is wholly at odds with America’s long tradition of ethical, sportsmanlike, fair-chase hunting.”

 Under Title VIII (Subsistence Management And Use) of the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), Alaska Natives and other rural residents were granted hunting and fishing rights (when fish and game are not under outside threat) on National Preserves. The ANILCA did not, however, allow Alaska to manage its wildlife as it has been ~ which is not unlike a game farm, where wolves and bears are decimated to allow unchecked trophy hunting and commercial guiding, and led to the implementation of tighter restrictions by the National Park Service. Alaska is unique among the 50 states for allowing sport and subsistence hunting in the 17 million acres of national preserves added to the National Park System by the ANILCA.  While Congress recognized the “important value of subsistence and (sadly) sport hunting”, it allowed both to take place only where consistent with the mandate to protect and conserve wildlife resources. State sport hunting regulations passed by the Alaska Board of Game apply on public lands, but only when those regulations do not conflict with federal mandates or National Park policies. 

(In Alaska, the wildlife law known as the Intensive Management statute is in conflict with federal laws governing national park lands and the management of wildlife on those lands. Preemption, the constitutional doctrine which holds that when federal law and state law conflict, federal law must be followed, and state law must yield, requires the State of Alaska to refrain from implementing the Intensive Management statute on national park lands because of the conflict with federal laws.)

The Board, however, noticeably became increasingly aggressive in its efforts to implement predator control on federal public lands through liberalization of sport hunting and trapping regulations. For example in 1994, the Alaska Legislature passed the Intensive Management Statute with which the explicit goal was to maintain, restore, or increase the abundance of big game populations for human consumptive use.


The following 2 maps illustrate the enormous expansion of state designated predator control areas (PCA) from 2001 to 2014. The maps also show that the boundaries of most national preserves had been encroached upon and many had become virtually surrounded by Predator Control Areas in just 14 years. Note the vast increase of “wolf control” areas (in yellow).


The Board has also practiced intensive  management by liberalizing sport hunting regulations, including:

•Increasing bag limits from five per season up to 20 per season or 10 per day (as high as 20 a day for wolves in some areas of the state), and liberalizing hunting seasons for predators to increase their “harvest”.

•Eliminating the need for hunters to obtain or purchase hunting tags or permits for predators.

•Permitting  the incidental taking of predators.

•Authorizing same-day airborne hunting and trapping, which allows hunters to take predators the same day they’ve been flying.

•Allowing the use of bait to lure predators.

•And, of course, the aerial gunning of wolves. 

Note that in 2011, the Board issued an emergency order to extend wolf hunting and trapping seasons in GMUs 9 and 10 to increase caribou numbers and as a way of getting around the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s prohibition on aerial wolf control programs on Unimak Island. 

Furthermore, the board has repeatedly refused to reduce the impact of its programs on National Preserves.  For example, in the spring  of 2014, the radio-collared Lost Creek wolf pack left the borders of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and was eliminated through aerial shooting by state agents implementing one of the Board’s intensive management plans. The Park Service had been studying the Lost Creek pack for seven years as part of a roughly 20-year study of wolves in the Yukon Charley National Preserve; The State predator control efforts killed 36 wolves in the area in a single year, reducing the preserve’s population by over half. 

Another example is the Board’s 2010 elimination of the 122 square-mile buffer adjacent to Denali National Park that protected wolves crossing its boundaries from hunting and trapping~Two years later, the wolf populations in the Park were the lowest in decades.

The USFWS acted admirably to prevent application of state regulations which are incompatible with management objectives for the nearly 77 million acres of wildlife refuges across the state.

The National Park Service has also been at odds with the State which led to the implementation of tighter restrictions on sport hunting (the closure regulations became effective Nov. 23 2015, and new hunting regulations effective January 1, 2016. More information regarding the NPS regulations can be found here.

When H.J. Resolution 69 is brought to the floor for a vote, I ask that you please stand by our wildlife and Public Lands, vote against this disgraceful and appalling attempt to reinstate animal cruelty on our wildlife refuges. The companion measure introduced in the Senate is equally shameful in its attempt to undo The Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule and should be voted down; the states do not have a right to dictate what happens on our National Wildlife Refuges. 

Related content:

 Fish and Wildlife Service Wise to Oppose Alaska’s War on Wolves   A must read op-ed by Vic Van Ballenberghe who is a wildlife biologist and a former member of the Alaska Board of Game.  

Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule questions and answers.

Representative Don Young’s biography and colorful array of Congressional statements

 Stop Alaska’s War on Wolves from NPCA

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Delisting Grizzlies

Federal delisting and subsequent hunting, as well as the imminent extinction of a key food source, due to global warming, spell disaster for the iconic grizzly bears of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Grizzly bears feel the effects of climate change in more ways than just an untimely end to hibernation; as the whitebark pine tree succumbs to the effects of global warming, the grizzlies primary food source (nuts from the tree) is rapidly disappearing with the tree facing possible extinction from the park (80 percent of the stands are dead or dying). Once common in harsh mountain environments, the tree is being pushed out of its sub-alpine habitat thanks to a warming climate, causing the treeline to migrate to higher elevations.

The whitebark pine is also a victim of the pine beetle, the insect responsible for the destruction of hundreds of thousands of acres of forests across the West. Pine bark larvae have higher survival rates in warmer winters and the infestation, at this stage, seems unstoppable (In 2011 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined the tree warrants protection under the  Endangered Species Act). In the Yellowstone park area the tree is nearly gone: “No amount of science or management will bring the trees back in our lifetime.111114-grizzly-399-135_1.jpg

In 2007, this massive die off of whitebark pine trees added hardship to the misery which the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem distinct population segment of grizzly bear population had to face, as they were removed from the threatened species list, and the “Conservation Strategy” was implemented. Our warming planet’s effect on grizzly bear habitat and food source was obviously of no great concern to Fish and Wildlife when making this choice to delist the Yellowstone grizzly.

FWS argues that whitebark seeds are not a naturally reliable food source, and that grizzlies have been coping for millennia by switching to other foods when whitebark pine seeds are unavailable by consuming other “readily available” foods such as ungulates, ground squirrels, insects, roots, mushrooms, and other vegetative matter. However, what must, and should, be emphasized is the fact that the grizzly bear population increases at a slower rate when the whitebark seed is scarce. It is well documented that good whitebark cone crops decrease grizzly mortality and increase the number of bear cubs per litter. For Grizzlies, one of the world’s slowest-reproducing mammals, this issue cannot be ignored when considering delisting this iconic species. 

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Directly after removal from protections, in 2008, Grizzlies died in record numbers, there were virtually no penalties for killing them. Bear management had been turned over to fish and game agencies of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana who more than welcome the “opportunity to kill a Grizzly”, a bear whose life was made less valuable by delisting. Some 54 grizzly bears  — including 37 shot by humans — were known to have died that year, the highest mortality ever recorded; exceeding the extensive killings of 40 years ago when Yellowstone National Park closed down its garbage dumps leaving the bears to search for food sources in towns and campgrounds.

Thankfully, in 2009, in a strongly worded order, U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, overturned  the delisting ruling, placing grizzly bears back on the threatened species list claiming: (1) the Conservation Strategy was unenforceable, and (2) that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not adequately consider the impacts of the potential loss of whitebark pine nuts.

As if we hadn’t learned our lesson from prior grizzly strategies, we find ourselves at the crossroads of further endangering the very existence of our beloved Grizzlies by delisting a species struggling to survive in our ever-changing and warming world. Further complicating the situation (as if it wasn’t bad enough, already) the Yellowstone grizzly bear population suffers from increasingly fragmented and disconnected habitats, according to a report released by the Endangered Species Coalition, which highlights ten rare or endangered species that lack safe, navigable corridors to connect them to important habitat or other populations. Without wildlife corridors, migration routes, and other connected habitat, wildlife like grizzlies cannot continue to reproduce, find food, disperse, and maintain enough diversity in their populations to survive into the future.

Before I continue, let’s take a moment out to watch and enjoy a Yellowstone National Park Grizzly Bear Mother and her cubs on Vimeo.

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Delisting Grizzlies in the face of undeniable threats to the bear’s future as a species is hardly a decision based on sound science. Turning the bears’ management over to the fish and game agencies of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, who not only accept practically any hunter explanation (self-defense or otherwise) for taking a grizzly but who find it perfectly acceptable to “euthanize” a 13 year old mother grizzly, who had cubs by her side for eating apples from a tree! The officials in Idaho determined the adult bear had become “habituated to human-related food”. 

And what of Grizzly 399, an elderly 20 year old grizzly, who has brought joy to countless park visitors, famous for tolerating people and for teaching her cubs how to live amicably near roads and developed areas? What will happen when 399 and other park bears lose their Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections—possibly as soon as this spring—when the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho jump at the opportunity to implement a “sport” hunt that could kill as many as 30 bears in the next year alone? I shudder at the thought of the betrayal these bears will face. From Counterpunch:

“The first bears to be killed in a trophy sport hunt are likely to be celebrities such as Grizzly 399 that make their living along roadsides in Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks, where they give thousands of visitors the thrill of a lifetime. These tolerant bears, which live partly on National Forest lands outside parks, would be especially vulnerable to hunting if federal protections are lifted later this year. These bears are comfortable with people and would be relatively easy to find. Moreover, certain local thugs have stated outright that they will be out to kill these much-beloved grizzlies—out of spite.”

With the quality of grizzly habitat eroding due to global warming, and whitebark pine nuts almost completely eliminated from grizzly bear diets, grizzlies in this island ecosystem will be severely stressed. Yellowstone grizzlies will require more public land to roam, not only for “readily available” food sources but also so they can maintain genetic diversity by breeding with other grizzly bear populations.

The most important move the government could make (other than an effective plan to help people and bears avoid conflicts) would be to keep the grizzly population of Yellowstone protected under the ESA.

Please submit your comment against removing ESA protections for the grizzlies of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem here. Please note that submissions merely supporting or opposing a potential delisting, without supporting documentation, will not be considered in making a determination.

Comments are due May 10 2016, at 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Please sign these petitions:

Protect Grizzly Bears in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

Please continue Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Keep Yellowstone Grizzlies Protected under the ESA

Don’t delist YNP Grizzlies

Don’t kill protections for Yellowstone Grizzlies

Help protect grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem!

Protect the Greater Yellowstone grizzly– Stop the delisting!

Facebook pages devoted to Yellowstone bears: Hey Bear | GOAL Tribal Coalition  and Greater Yellowstone Bears. Also reach out to Campaign for Yellowstone’s Wolves who will be holding rallies this summer for the benefit of the park bears and wolves.

.@USFWS @DirectorDanAshe Please maintain Endangered Species Act protections 4 #GrizzlyBears #DontDelistGrizzlies pic.twitter.com/PRsBST6s4w Send a tweet for grizzlies

All images used in this blog post are of Grizzly 399 and are by Bradly J. Boner (with the exception of the vimeo)

Op-Ed by Doug Peacock who has been writing and lecturing about Yellowstone bears for more than 40 years.

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Stand Against The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (H.R. 2406)

H.R. 2406 (The SHARE Act) is related to the Sportsmen’s Act (S.405, S.659, S.556) in the Senate, but contains several different provisions. 

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE:
WE THE PEOPLE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: VETO H.R. 2406

bit.ly/VetoTheShareAct (signature must be verified by email)

Bill Description (scroll down for tweets as well as a simple cut and paste email to send to your Senators and President Obama):

This omnibus bill combines many bad bills related to environmental resources into one. There are several problematic portions with dire implications for wildlife and the ecosystems they need to thrive. This is Congress at its worst: pandering to special interests and sacrificing smart conservation policy for political cache (adding insult to injury, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting this foul piece of legislation would cost $24 million over the 2016-2020 period and $1 million after 2020, assuming appropriation of the authorized and necessary amounts).

One portion of H.R. 2406 would make it impossible for the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture to consider the effects of any “chemical substance” in pistol, revolver, firearm, shell, cartridge, or sport fishing equipment, as outlined in the Toxic Substances Control Act. This bill would prevent federal agencies, and the scientists that work for them, from carrying out their duty to evaluate and protect the public and the environment from toxic substances. This is particularly relevant to our fight to eliminate lead from hunting equipment, because of its deadly effects on wildlife that ingest it. Federal agencies must retain the ability to make decisions based solely on the best available science, not guided by an uncalled for and unscientific bill.

Another section would allow the importation of 41 polar bear sport trophies from Canada. Between the proposal to list polar bears as threatened in 2006 and the final threatened listing in 2008, 41 hunters killed polar bears – despite repeated warnings from hunting organizations and government agencies that trophy imports would likely not be allowed as of the listing date. If Congress passes this new waiver on sport trophies and allows these hunters to import their kills, it would be rewarding their risky and ecologically unsound behavior. It would also set a precedent for Congressional leniency on the import of animals being considered for threatened or endangered listing, which could accelerate the pace of killing for any species proposed for listing in the future.

One of the most devastating provisions contains several alarming rollbacks of long-standing federal environmental and public land laws including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Wilderness Act, and the National Forest Management Act. In the process, it reduces or eliminates important protections for America’s public lands that have been in place for decades. For example, the bill would including trapping under the definition of hunting, conflating two entirely different activities and thereby opening hundreds of millions of public lands to cruel trapping. In addition, the bill would force land managers to prioritize hunting and trapping above other outdoor activities, effectively excluding a large proportion of the American public from enjoying national spaces that belong to all of us. This and other changes in H.R. 2406 are in direct conflict with the stated purpose of the Wilderness Act, which is to establish areas “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

The African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act, rolled into H.R. 2406, would halt efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to crack down on the illegal ivory trade, particularly by undoing the restrictions on U.S. ivory imports and exports. African elephants are facing the greatest poaching crisis since the 1980s: more than 100,000 were killed from 2010 to 2012 – an average of one every 15 minutes. The appalling scale of poaching is intertwined with violent militias, organized crime, and government corruption in Africa. A crucial element of halting this ongoing slaughter is addressing the demand for ivory within our own borders. The regulations proposed by the FWS prohibit most imports and exports, and limit other commercial actions to ivory that was lawfully imported prior to 1990 (the date that elephants’ endangered status was elevated by the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species). Prohibiting FWS from implementing these vital regulations would be an enormous step backward in the U.S.’s response to the wildlife trafficking crisis.

Other provisions in this huge bill would prevent the public from having a say in National Wildlife Refuge decisions, and waive important environmental reviews for this system as well. Such blind dedication to implementing recreational killing is detrimental to both conservation efforts and the public interest. As of Friday, February 26th, two additional, extremely troubling, amendments were voted on favorably and included in the SHARE Act. One, from Representative Don Young, which would roll back new federal rules on hunting predators on Alaska’s national preserves, and a similar proposed rule for refuges (National Park Service). The federal government wants the new rules to protect wolf and bear populations, while the state wants to control predator numbers to allow for more moose and caribou. The other added amendment would strip wolves of their federal protections in four states under the Endangered Species Act, subverting the judicial process and subjecting hundreds of wolves to hostile state practices such as baiting, hound hunting, and painful steel-jawed leghold traps. This amendment was offered by  Congressman Reid Ribble.

As this bill has passed the house with a final vote of 242 ayes to 161 nays the following tweets will be directed to the upper branch of Congress. For those of you who are new to my tweetstorms, all tweets are “click to tweet” just tap “Tweet4Wolves”. For ease of tweeting please open this blog on your browser and close your twitter window. In advance, thankyou for your time and support~In the shadow of the wolf.

Tell #Congress Don’t Gun Down Protections 4#Wolves: ow.ly/YDeNO    pic.twitter.com/UDmChL23Bn  Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS Please Veto H.R.2406 #SHAREAct #Lead poisoned Bald #Eagle that did not survive-Raptor EducationGroup. pic.twitter.com/yMbeFuL3SQ   Tweet4Wolves

Veto H.R.2406 #SHAREAct please sign: wh.gov/iG1Cv #Wolves

pic.twitter.com/sjUKKFyhLh  Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems #Elephants #Wolves #PolarBears #Wildlife #EnvironmentalToxins
#SHAREAct
There’s nothing sporting about … fb.me/7Eywks2VQ  Tweet4Wolves

#Wolves #Wildlife
#HR2406 #SHAREAct has passed the House with a vote of 242 ayes to 161 nays. Please contact…fb.me/2p41nwxoQ  Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems Please vote NO #SHAREAct #HR2406 #wolves have fought their way back from near-extinction… fb.me/7KYenUdiU  Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS Please VETO #SHAREAct #HR2406 #wolves have fought their way back from near-extinction… fb.me/7KYenUdiU Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS Please #VetoExtinction #SHARE Act #HR2406 #Elephants  pic.twitter.com/Sinj0mqmwF   Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane “predator control” on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems #StandForWolves and wildlife in #Alaska Vote NO #SHAREAct #HR2406 pic.twitter.com/0F8ultP5rh  Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct If #Congress caves in 2 the trophy-hunting lobby & passes this scam of a bill, we call upon @POTUS to give it a clean kill shot. Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems The #SHAREAct would open millions of acres to #Trapping Vote down #HR2406  pic.twitter.com/7KVUg3cj1N   Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS The #SHAREAct would open millions of acres to #Trapping Please VETO #HR2406  pic.twitter.com/7KVUg3cj1N   Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct @BarackObama #VetoExtinction Use your pen as your sword and cut this bill down! Veto #HR2406 pic.twitter.com/o0OU8u1XOk    Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS This amendment has been added to #HR2406 VETO the #SHAREAct #Wolves #Alaska  fb.me/7Cu2DJfz3  Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems This amendment has been added to #HR2406 VETO the #SHAREAct #Wolves #Alaska Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS @SenateDems Please set this bill aside! #HR2406 #SHAREAct #EnvironmentalToxins #LeadPoisoning #Eagles bit.ly/1TLypie   Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems #HR2406 is an abomination! Vote NO to the #SHAREAct #animalcruelty #Trapping pic.twitter.com/SZF3Vr8TgK  Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS @SenateDems Please oppose any legislation that seeks to delist #wolves #SHAREAct #HR2406 & #S659 bit.ly/1Qhellk Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct strips #wolves of their federal protections in 4 states under the #ESA among other harmful provisions @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/9tgIKPQ76A Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves 2 hostile state practices! @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/9tgIKPQ76A Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct would deny proper oversight of toxic #lead in the environment. @POTUS @SenateDems #Eagles bit.ly/1TLypie Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems Vote NO to the #SHAREAct #HR2406 This is what happens when #wolves R #delisted: bit.ly/1RCTWJQ

pic.twitter.com/R9gHwS09Qh Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS VETO the #SHAREAct #HR2406 Delisting #wolves = extirpation: bit.ly/1RCTWJQ

pic.twitter.com/R9gHwS09Qh Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct #HR2406 blocks carefully considered rulemaking to protect animals on national wildlife refuges! @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct is grab bag of appalling items that the trophy hunting lobby cannot secure in free standing bills. @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct would both subvert judicial processes & undermine the ESA, one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct delists #wolves When delisted in 2012, 20% of the Wisconsin #wolf pop was wiped out in 3 hunting seasons! @POTUS @SenateDems  Tweet4Wolves

Oppose the #SHAREAct When #Wisconsin #wolves were delisted 17 *entire* family units were wiped out! @SenateDems  pic.twitter.com/IpPtaZx5Xn   Tweet4Wolves

VETO the #SHAREAct When #Wisconsin #wolves were delisted 17 *entire* family units were wiped out! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/IpPtaZx5Xn   Tweet4Wolves

NO to #SHAREAct Clearly, federal oversight is necessary 2 provide adequate protections 4 #wolves as required by ESA. @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct would help 41 wealthy #polarbear trophy hunters import the heads of rare polar bears they shot in Canada. @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

Disgraceful! The #SHAREAct encourages trophy hunters to kill rare species worldwide via import allowances! @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct encourages the kill of #EndangeredSpecies because a congressional waiver will allow importation! @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct is an atrocious bill which the Senate should take no further action on. @POTUS @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/IpPtaZx5Xn  Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct Fed. court put a stop 2 reckless #wolf slaughter. Politicians shouldn’t undercut judicial review of delisting actions! @POTUS Tweet4Wolves  @SenateDems: Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct is an ugly grab-bag of giveaways 2 special interest groups & is disgraceful! @POTUS @SenateDems  pic.twitter.com/9tgIKPQ76A   Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct would destroy years of work done by animal protection advocates, environmentalists, and conservationists @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves  @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The abhorrent #SHAREAct #HR2406 would deny proper oversight of toxic #lead in the environment @POTUS Please #VETO this bill! Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS #HR2406 #SHAREAct threatens the interests of wildlife, conservation and public lands. Please #veto this bill. Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct will subject hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices such as baiting @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct will subject hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices such as hound hunting @POTUS @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/9tgIKPQ76A   Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct will subject #wildlife & #wolves 2 hostile practices such painful steel-jawed leghold traps. @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/SZF3Vr8TgK  Tweet4Wolves @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct would declare millions of acres of public lands automatically open 2 hunting & trapping @SenateDems  pic.twitter.com/7KVUg3cj1N  Tweet4Wolves

VETO #SHAREAct would declare millions of acres public lands automatically open 2 hunting & trapping @POTUS  pic.twitter.com/7KVUg3cj1N Tweet4Wolves

VETO the #SHAREAct and #S659 Senate version @POTUS see the link between hunting & #ChildAbuse: exm.nr/1StD5sj @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane predator control on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges @SenFeinstein Tweet4Wolves

@SenatorBoxer Tweet4Wolves

@SenBennetCO Tweet4Wolves

@SenBlumenthal Tweet4Wolves

@ChrisMurphyCT Tweet4Wolves

@SenatorCarper Tweet4Wolves

@ChrisCoons Tweet4Wolves

@SenBillNelson Tweet4Wolves

@SenBrianSchatz Tweet4Wolves

@maziehirono Tweet4Wolves

@SenatorDurbin Tweet4Wolves

@SenDonnelly Tweet4Wolves

@SenAngusKing Tweet4Wolves

@SenatorBarb Tweet4Wolves

@SenatorCardin Tweet4Wolves

@SenWarren Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct strips #wolves of federal protections in 4 states under the #ESA @SenMarkey @stabenow @Peters4Michigan @jontester  Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct strips #wolves of federal protection under #ESA in 4 states @amyklobuchar @alfranken @clairecmc @jontester @CoryBooker   Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct strips #wolves of federal protection under #ESA in 4 states @SenatorBaldwin @Sen_JoeManchin @PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct strips #wolves of federal protection under #ESA in 4 states @MarkWarner @timkaine @SenatorLeahy @SenSanders Tweet4Wolves

 Vote NO #SHAREAct subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices!
@SenBobCasey @SenToomey Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices!
@RonWyden @SenJeffMerkley  Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices! @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane predator control on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges @SenatorMenendez Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane predator control on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges @CoryBooker Tweet4Wolves

Oppose the #SHAREAct which would deny proper oversight of toxic #lead in the #environment @SenateDems VETO #HR2406 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct would help 41 wealthy #polarbear trophy hunters import the heads of rare polar bears they shot in Canada VETO #HR2406 @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems More than 60 conservation organizations signed an open letter opposing the Sportsmen’s Act. VETO #HR2406 #S659 @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems #SHAREAct Threatens #Wolves, #Elephants, #PolarBears, #Birds, People and pets! VETO #HR2406 @POTUS pic.twitter.com/o0OU8u1XOk  Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS #Alaska voters oppose cruel methods of killing wildlife:  bit.ly/StopTheCrueltyAlaska VETO #SHAREAct @SenateDems @lisamurkowski Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct “If this misguided legislation is enacted #elephants are likely to go #extinct in our lifetime” on.fb.me/1LFdDPY @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct “If this misguided legislation is enacted #elephants are likely 2 go #extinct in our lifetime” on.fb.me/1LFdDPY @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

VETO the #SHAREAct There’s nothing sporting about #wolf slaughter, #elephant poaching or #LeadPoisoning pic.twitter.com/Sinj0mqmwF @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct creates dangerous loophole allowing trophy-hunted polar #bears 2 be imported. @POTUS @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/XrtZ8vq0N1 Tweet4Wolves

VETO #SHAREAct Two-thirds of PolarBears are expected to be wiped out by 2050 due to #ClimateChange @POTUS pic.twitter.com/3xsvdGCPXC  Tweet4Wolves

NO #SHAREAct Two-thirds of PolarBears are expected to be wiped out by 2050 due to #ClimateChange @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/3xsvdGCPXC  Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS #Alaska voters oppose cruel methods of killing wildlife: bit.ly/StopTheCrueltyAlaska VETO #SHAREAct pic.twitter.com/0F8ultP5rh  Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems #Alaska voters oppose cruel methods of killing wildlife: bit.ly/StopTheCrueltyAlaska NO #SHAREAct @repdonyoung  Tweet4Wolves

*Legislative action may be occurring on S.659 in lieu of or in parallel to action on this bill. Please find a list of tweets against this legislation here, where you will also find a list of all U.S. Senators twitter handles, should you care to send a personalized tweet.

Please send a simple cut and paste email to your Senators. Find their email address here. If you prefer you can send an email via democracy.io, here.

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H.R. 2406 SHARE Act

Please oppose H.R. 2406 SHARE Act. The SHARE ACT (Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, the House version of the Senate’s Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act) is comprised of numerous, irresponsible, pro-hunting and anti-environment regulations, and represents a clear assault on wildlife with  (as of Friday, February 26th) two additional, extremely troubling, amendments. One, from Representative Don Young, which would roll back new federal rules on hunting predators on Alaska’s national preserves, and a similar proposed rule for refuges (National Park Service). This amendment would override a proposed rule from FWS which “clarifies how existing mandates for the conservation of natural and biological diversity, biological integrity, and environmental health on refuges in Alaska relate to predator control; prohibits several particularly effective methods and means for take of predators”. This would formally establish a goal of biodiversity as the guiding principle of federal management of wildlife refuges (The Fish and Wildlife Service says the rule makes clear it would have no impact on subsistence hunters). The amendment, would allow Alaska to continue intensive predator management to allow for more moose and caribou turning our wildlife preserves into game farms.
The other added amendment would strip wolves of their federal protections in four states under the Endangered Species Act, subverting the judicial process and subjecting hundreds of wolves to hostile state practices such as baiting, hound hunting, and painful steel-jawed leghold traps. This amendment was offered by Congressman Reid Ribble.

This omnibus bill combines many bad bills related to environmental resources into one, and contains numerous problematic portions with dire implications for wildlife and the ecosystems they need in order to thrive. This bill panders to special interests and sacrifices smart conservation policy for political cache. H.R. 2406 would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Agriculture from regulating lead (a potent and dangerous neurotoxin) in fishing tackle and ammunition (An estimated 10-20 million animals die from lead poisoning each year in the United States after ingesting lead shot, bullet fragments, and sport fishing waste). *It would define trapping (outlawed in nearly 90 countries as barbaric, cruel, and inhumane) as a form of hunting which would open up more federal lands to the setting of steel-jaw leghold traps and other body-gripping traps that pose grave risks to public safety, wildlife, endangered species and pets. *This bill would declare that millions of acres of public lands are automatically open to hunting and trapping without any scrutiny. Public land managers seeking to disallow these activities in order to protect wildlife, habitat, and the public would face enormous bureaucratic hurdles. *The SHARE Act would compel the National Park Service to allow private hunters to shoot bison in the Grand Canyon National Park as part of its management plan. These are just several of the horrific provisions of this bill, which would destroy years of work done by animal protection advocates, environmentalists, and conservationists to protect endangered species and other wildlife. Other provisions in this huge bill would prevent the public from having a say in National Wildlife Refuge decisions, and waive important environmental reviews for this system as well. Such blind dedication to implementing recreational killing is detrimental to both conservation efforts and goes against the wishes of the majority of Americans, and their desire to protect the wilderness and wildlife. This is a disgraceful bill which I ask that you set aside permanently.

Thankyou for your time and consideration of this extremely important matter,

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Oppose The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Tweetstorm

Due to a pathetically small amount of people attending this event, I did not prepare an extensive tweet sheet. With 100 senators to message (a minimum of 10 tweets to each) this would have been a very time consuming and arduous process, not to mention, quite possibly, the longest tweetstorm in history. It is a bit discouraging to see that well under 100 of the 4,700 friends of the page  are willing to make this effort; therefore I offer you this bit of a tweet drizzle (for those of you who are new to my tweetstorms, all tweets are “click to tweet” just tap “Tweet4Wolves”). For ease of tweeting please open this blog on your browser and close your twitter window.

1. #S659 If Congress caves in 2 the trophy-hunting lobby & passes this scam of a bill, we call upon @POTUS to give it a clean kill shot. Tweet4Wolves

2. #S659 @BarackObama #VetoExtinction Use your pen as your sword and cut this bill down! Veto The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. Tweet4Wolves

3. #S659 blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane “predator control” on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

4. #S659 blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane “predator control” on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

5. #S659 strips #wolves of their federal protections in 4 states under the #ESA among other harmful provisions @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

6. #S659 subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices! @POTUS @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

7. The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act #S659 would deny proper oversight of toxic #lead in the environment. @POTUS @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

8. #S659 blocks carefully considered rulemaking to protect animals on national wildlife refuges! @POTUS @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

9. #S659 A grab bag of appalling items that the trophy hunting lobby cannot secure in free standing bills. @POTUS @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

10. #S659 would both subvert judicial processes & undermine the ESA, one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

11. #S659 would both subvert judicial processes & undermine the ESA, one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

12. #S659 delists #wolves When delisted in 2012, 20% of the Wisconsin #wolf pop was wiped out in 3 hunting seasons! @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

13. Oppose #S659 When #Wisconsin #wolves were delisted 17 *entire* family units were wiped out. @POTUS @SenateDems@HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

14. #S659 Clearly, federal oversight is necessary 2 provide adequate protections 4 #wolves as required by ESA. @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

15. #S659 would help 41 wealthy #polarbear trophy hunters import the heads of rare polar bears they shot in Canada. @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

16. Disgraceful! #S659 encourages trophy hunters to kill rare species worldwide via import allowances! @POTUS @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

17. #S659 encourages the kill of #EndangeredSpecies because a congressional waiver will allow importation! @POTUS @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

18. #S659 -The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act is an atrocious bill which the Senate should take no further action on. @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

19. #S659 Federal courts put a stop 2 the reckless #wolf slaughter. Politicians shouldn’t undercut judicial review of delisting actions! @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

20. #S659 Federal courts put a stop 2reckless #wolf slaughter. Politicians shouldn’t undercut judicial review of delisting actions! @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

21. #S659 is an ugly grab-bag of giveaways to a special interest groups and is disgraceful! @POTUS @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

22. #S659 Any lawmaker who claims he’s for sportsmen by supporting this bill is guilty of grandstanding. @POTUS @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

23. #S659 would destroy years of work done by animal protection advocates, environmentalists, and conservationists @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

24. #S659 would destroy years of work done by animal protection advocates, environmentalists, and conservationists @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

25. I oppose #S659 A grab bag of appalling items that the trophy hunting lobby cannot secure in free standing bills. @Senate_GOPS @HouseGOP Tweet4Wolves

26. Shameful #S659 would both subvert judicial processes & undermine the ESA, one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws @Senate_GOPS Tweet4Wolves

27. Shameful! #S659 would both subvert judicial processes & undermine the ESA, one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws @HouseGOP Tweet4Wolves

28. The abhorrent Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act #S659 would deny proper oversight of toxic #lead in the environment @Senate_GOPS @HouseGOP Tweet4Wolves

29. .@POTUS #S659 (Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act) threatens the interests of wildlife, conservation and public lands. Please veto this bill. Tweet4Wolves

30. #S659 will subject hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices such as baiting @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

31. #S659 will subject hundreds of wolves to hostile state practices such as hound hunting @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

32. #S659 will subject hundreds of wolves to hostile state practices such painful steel-jawed leghold traps. @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

33. #S659 The Sportsmen’s Act ~ the link between hunting & child abuse: exm.nr/1StD5sj @POTUS @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats Tweet4Wolves

34. #S659 The Sportsmen’s Act would undermine the #ESA #Wolves Please oppose this bill here: http://wp.me/p6o9qd-hR Tweet4Wolves

35. .@POTUS Please oppose any legislation that undermines the #ESA or delists #wolves #S659 #S2012

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36. .@SenateDems Please oppose any legislation that undermines the ESA & seeks to delist #wolves #S659 #S2012 pic.twitter.com/DHJKmKs2Bb  Tweet4Wolves

37. .@SenateDems I oppose #S659 comprised of irresponsible, pro-hunting & anti-environment regulations pic.twitter.com/svoaoUkikn  Tweet4Wolves

38. .@HouseDemocrats Please oppose any legislation that undermines the ESA & seeks to delist #wolves #S659 #S2012 pic.twitter.com/DHJKmKs2Bb  Tweet4Wolves

39. Please sign the petitions. Tell your Senators NO to #S659 and #S2012
#StandForWolves and the environment! bit.ly/1SbA5SY Tweet4Wolves

40. .@HouseDemocrats I oppose #S659 comprised of irresponsible, pro-hunting & anti-environment regulations pic.twitter.com/svoaoUkikn  Tweet4Wolves

41. SIGN: PROTECT ENDANGERED #WOLVES FROM ANTI-WOLF LEGISLATION: bit.ly/1TokaAa
(U.S. residents) pic.twitter.com/i2bI0fjcZx  Tweet4Wolves

42. I oppose #S2012 with an amendment to delist #wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan & Wyoming @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/5uC8LiKy1e  Tweet4Wolves

43. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenShelby @SenatorSessions @lisamurkowski @DanSullivan2014 Tweet4Wolves

44. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenJohnMcCain @JeffFlake @JohnBoozman @TomCottonAR Tweet4Wolves

45. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenFeinstein @SenatorBoxer @SenBennetCO @CoryGardner Tweet4Wolves

46. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenBlumenthal @ChrisMurphyCT @SenatorCarper @ChrisCoons Tweet4Wolves

47. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenBillNelson @marcorubio @SenatorIsakson @Perduesenate Tweet4Wolves

48. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenBrianSchatz @maziehirono @MikeCrapo @SenatorRisch Tweet4Wolves

49. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenatorDurbin @SenatorKirk @SenDanCoats @SenDonnelly Tweet4Wolves

50. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @ChuckGrassley @joniernst @SenPatRoberts @JerryMoran Tweet4Wolves

51. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @McConnellPress @RandPaul @DavidVitter @BillCassidy Tweet4Wolves

52. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenatorCollins @SenAngusKing @SenatorBarb @SenatorCardin Tweet4Wolves

53. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenWarren @SenMarkey @stabenow @Peters4Michigan Tweet4Wolves

54. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @amyklobuchar @alfranken @SenThadCochran @SenatorWicker Tweet4Wolves

55. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @clairecmc @RoyBlunt @jontester @SteveDaines Tweet4Wolves

56. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenatorFischer @BenSasse @SenatorReid @SenDeanHeller Tweet4Wolves

57. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenatorShaheen @KellyAyotte @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker Tweet4Wolves

58. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenatorTomUdall @MartinHeinrich @SenSchumer @SenGillibrand Tweet4Wolves

59. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves. @SenatorBurr @ThomTillis @SenJohnHoeven @SenatorHeitkamp Tweet4Wolves

60. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves @SenSherrodBrown @robportman @jiminhofe @jameslankford Tweet4Wolves

61. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves @RonWyden @SenJeffMerkley @SenBobCasey @SenToomey Tweet4Wolves

62. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves @SenJackReed @SenWhitehouse @GrahamBlog  @SenatorTimScott  Tweet4Wolves

63. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves @SenJohnThune @SenatorRounds @SenAlexander @SenBobCorker Tweet4Wolves

64. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves @JohnCornyn @tedcruz @OrrinHatch @SenMikeLee Tweet4Wolves

65. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves @SenatorLeahy @SenSanders @MarkWarner @timkaine Tweet4Wolves

66. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves @PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell @Sen_JoeManchin @SenCapito Tweet4Wolves

67. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves @SenRonJohnson @SenatorBaldwin pic.twitter.com/svoaoUkikn  Tweet4Wolves

68. I oppose #S659 & #S2012 which propose to legislatively delist #wolves @SenatorEnzi @SenJohnBarrasso pic.twitter.com/svoaoUkikn  Tweet4Wolves

Below you will find the exact same automated tweets, none of which have handles, followed by a list of all U.S. Senators twitter handles. Simply cut and paste your Senators handles and attach to tweet. May I suggest posting a comment to your Senator’s facebook page as well. Feel free to use the images (which can be found at the end of this blog) with your tweets, where space allows (images use 23 of the 140 characters allowed).

My apologies to the devoted true activists that have given up much of their time and energy and helped with the causes which I have shared. A heartfelt thanks to these special few.

 

1. #S659 blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane predator control on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. Add handle and tweet  (22 characters remaining)

2. #S659 strips #wolves of their federal protections in 4 states under the #ESA among other harmful provisions. Add handle and tweet (32 characters remaining)

3. #S659 subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices! Add handle and tweet (46 characters remaining)

4. Oppose #S659 which would deny proper oversight of toxic #lead in the #environment. Add handle and tweet (58 characters remaining)

5. #S659 blocks carefully considered rulemaking to protect animals on national wildlife refuges! Add handle and tweet (47 characters remaining)

6. #S659 is a grab bag of appalling items that the trophy hunting lobby cannot secure in free standing bills. Add handle and tweet (34 characters remaining)

7. #S659 would both subvert judicial processes & undermine the ESA, one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws. Add handle and tweet (28 characters remaining)

8. #S659 delists #wolves When delisted in 2012, 20% of the Wisconsin #wolf pop was wiped out in 3 hunting seasons! Add handle and tweet (29 characters remaining)

9. #S659 delists #wolves When #Wisconsin #wolves were delisted 17 *entire* family units were wiped out. Add handle and tweet (40 characters remaining)

10. #S659 Clearly, federal oversight is necessary 2 provide adequate protections 4 #wolves as required by ESA Add handle and tweet (35 characters remaining)

11. #S659 would help 41 wealthy #polarbear trophy hunters import the heads of rare polar bears they shot in Canada Add handle and tweet (29 characters remaining)

12. #S659 encourages trophy hunters to kill rare species worldwide via import allowances! Add handle and tweet (55 characters remaining) 

13. #S659 encourages the kill of #EndangeredSpecies because a congressional waiver will allow importation! Add handle and tweet (38 characters remaining)

14. #S659 -The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act is an atrocious bill which the Senate should take no further action on. Add handle and tweet (32 characters remaining)

15. #S659 The courts put a stop 2reckless wolf slaughter Politicians shouldn’t undercut judicial review of delisting actions! Add handle and tweet (19 characters remaining)

16. #S659 is an ugly grab-bag of giveaways to a special interest groups and is disgraceful! Add handle and tweet (53 characters remaining)

17. #S659 Any lawmaker who claims he’s for sportsmen by supporting this bill is guilty of grandstanding. Add handle and tweet (41 characters remaining)

18. #S659 would destroy years of work done by animal protection advocates, environmentalists, and conservationists Add handle and tweet (30 characters remaining)

19. I oppose #S2012 which shamefully attempts to delist #wolves in 4 states pic.twitter.com/svoaoUkikn  Add handles and tweet (44 characters remaining)

Senate Twitter handles:

Alabama:
@SenShelby @SenatorSessions
Alaska:
@lisamurkowski @DanSullivan2014
Arizona:
@SenJohnMcCain @JeffFlake
Arkansas:
@JohnBoozman @TomCottonAR
California:
@SenFeinstein @SenatorBoxer
Colorado:
@SenBennetCO @CoryGardner
Connecticut:
@SenBlumenthal @ChrisMurphyCT
Delaware:
@SenatorCarper @ChrisCoons
Florida:
@SenBillNelson @marcorubio
Georgia:
@SenatorIsakson @Perduesenate
Hawaii:
@SenBrianSchatz @maziehirono
Idaho:
@MikeCrapo @SenatorRisch
Illinois:
@SenatorDurbin @SenatorKirk
Indiana:
@SenDanCoats  @SenDonnelly
Iowa:
@ChuckGrassley @joniernst
Kansas:
@SenPatRoberts @JerryMoran
Kentucky:
@McConnellPress  @RandPaul
Louisiana:
@DavidVitter @BillCassidy
Maine:
@SenatorCollins @SenAngusKing
Maryland:
@SenatorBarb @SenatorCardin
Massachusetts:
@SenWarren @SenMarkey
Michigan:
@stabenow @Peters4Michigan
Minnesota:
@amyklobuchar @alfranken
Mississippi:
@SenThadCochran @SenatorWicker
Missouri:
@clairecmc @RoyBlunt
Montana:
@jontester @SteveDaines
Nebraska:
@SenatorFischer @BenSasse
Nevada:
@SenatorReid @SenDeanHeller
New Hampshire:
@SenatorShaheen @KellyAyotte
New Jersey:
@SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker
New Mexico:
@SenatorTomUdall @MartinHeinrich
New York:
@SenSchumer @SenGillibrand
North Carolina:
@SenatorBurr @ThomTillis
North Dakota:
@SenJohnHoeven @SenatorHeitkamp
Ohio:
@SenSherrodBrown @robportman
Oklahoma:
@jiminhofe @jameslankford
Oregon:
@RonWyden @SenJeffMerkley
Pennsylvania:
@SenBobCasey @SenToomey
Rhode Island:
@SenToomey @SenWhitehouse
South Carolina:
@GrahamBlog  @SenatorTimScott
South Dakota:
@SenJohnThune @SenatorRounds
Tennessee:
@SenAlexander @SenBobCorker
Texas:
@JohnCornyn @tedcruz
Utah:
@OrrinHatch @SenMikeLee
Vermont:
@SenatorLeahy @SenSanders
Virginia:
@MarkWarner @timkaine
Washington:
@PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell
West Virginia:
@Sen_JoeManchin @SenCapito
Wisconsin:
@SenRonJohnson @SenatorBaldwin
Wyoming:
@SenatorEnzi @SenJohnBarrasso

Thankyou for your efforts on behalf of the wolves, wildlife, and their home. Please feel free to send off these tweets as often as you like until these horrible proposals are dismissed.

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Dragging Alaska’s Predator Management Policies Into The 21st Century

Voice Your Opposition to Alaska’s Shameful Predator Control Program.

UPDATE: The comment period has been extended 30 days. Please comment by April 7, 2016. Thankyou.

Generally the federal government allows the State of Alaska (and other states) to manage hunting and fishing on federal lands. But sometimes the State refuses to follow federal mandates even though Federal management authority always takes preference over state management directives. The USFWS is mandated to “protect natural diversity and abundance”.

Under Title VIII (Subsistence Management And Use) of the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), Alaska Natives and other rural residents were granted hunting and fishing rights (when fish and game are not under outside threat) on National Preserves. The ANILCA did not, however, allow Alaska to manage its wildlife as it has been ~ which is not unlike a game farm, where wolves and bears are decimated to allow unchecked trophy hunting and commercial guiding, and led to the implementation of tighter restrictions by the National Park Service. Alaska is unique among the 50 states for allowing sport and subsistence hunting in the 17 million acres of national preserves added to the National Park System by the ANILCA.  While Congress recognized the “important value of  subsistence and (sadly, and in my opinion disgracefully) sport hunting”, it allowed both to take place only where consistent with the mandate to protect and conserve wildlife resources.

State sport hunting regulations passed by the Alaska Board of Game apply on public lands, but only when those regulations do not conflict with federal mandates or National Park policies. The Board, however, has noticeably become increasingly aggressive in its efforts to implement predator control on federal public lands through liberalization of sport hunting and trapping regulations. For example in 1994, the Alaska Legislature passed the Intensive Management Statute with which the explicit goal was to maintain, restore, or increase the abundance of big game  populations for human consumptive  use.
The following 2 maps illustrate the enormous expansion of state designated predator control areas (PCA) from 2001 to 2014. The maps also show that the boundaries of most national preserves had been encroached upon and many  had become virtually surrounded by  Predator Control Areas in just 14 years. Note the vast increase of “wolf control” areas (in yellow).

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The Board has also practiced intensive  management by liberalizing sport hunting regulations, including:

*increasing bag limits from five per season up to 20 per season or 10 per day (as high as 20 a day for wolves in some areas of the state), and liberalizing hunting  seasons for predators to increase their “harvest”.
*eliminating the need for hunters to obtain or purchase hunting tags or permits for predators.
*permitting  the incidental taking of predators.
*authorizing same-day airborne hunting  and trapping, which allows hunters to take predators the same day they’ve  been flying.
*allowing the use of bait to lure predators.
*And, of course, the aerial gunning of wolves. Note that in 2011, the Board issued an emergency order to extend wolf hunting and trapping seasons in GMUs 9 and 10 to increase caribou numbers and as a way of getting around the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s prohibition on aerial wolf control programs on Unimak  Island. Furthermore, the board has  repeatedly refused to reduce the impact of its programs on national preserves.  For example, in the spring  of 2014, the  radio-collared Lost Creek wolf pack left the borders of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and was eliminated  through aerial shooting by state agents implementing one of the Board’s intensive management plans. The Park Service had been studying the Lost Creek pack for seven years as part of a roughly 20-year study of wolves in the Yukon Charley National Preserve; The State  predator control efforts killed 36 wolves in the area in a single year, reducing the preserve’s population by over half. Another example is the Board’s 2010 elimination of the 122 square-mile buffer adjacent to Denali National Park that protected wolves crossing its boundaries from hunting and trapping~Two years later, the wolf populations in the Park were the lowest in decades.
The USFWS should prevent application of state regulations which are incompatible with management objectives for the nearly 77 million acres of wildlife refuges across the state. Period.
The National Park Service has also been at odds with the State which led to the implementation of tighter restrictions on sport hunting (the closure regulations became effective Nov. 23 2015, and new hunting regulations effective January 1 2016. More information regarding the NPS regulations can be found here.

In contrast to the goal of the Game Board, which is to ensure maximum sustained populations for hunting a proposed new rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would limit predator control in national wildlife refuges and is deserving of your support.

The draft rule, published in the Federal Register, aligns with a similar National Park Service rule that was finalized in October, banning abhorrent practices such as bear baiting, and the Game Boards’ liberal predator control “management” which could “disrupt natural processes and wildlife interactions” (In recent years, the Game Board has allowed harvesting of brown bears at black bear bait stations, taking wolves during denning season and has classified black bears as fur-bearers and big game species, “which could allow for trapping and snaring of bears and sale of their hides and skulls”).
The Proposed Rule “clarifies how existing mandates for the conservation of natural and biological diversity, biological integrity, and environmental health on refuges in Alaska relate to predator control; prohibits several particularly effective methods and means for take of predators”. This would formally establish a goal of biodiversity as the guiding principle of federal management of wildlife refuges (The Fish and Wildlife Service says the rule makes clear it would have no impact on subsistence hunters).

That, of course, stands in contrast to the goal of the Game Board, which is to alter or manipulate natural predator-prey dynamics to increase human harvest of ungulates.

Heather Tonneson, a regional refuge ecologist for the Fish and Wildlife Service, who was one of the rule’s primary authors, said the rule would “clarify existing legal mandates”. Tonneson also noted that the agency is “not done yet. It’s a proposed rule” and the agency wants to hear from the public and is open to changes.
I, myself, believe that their intent is to rein in Alaska, and make it clear to everyone that this sort of Intensive Management of predators is not going to be allowed.

Please show your support for this proposed new rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would limit predator control in national wildlife refuges, it would help put an end to the suffering and death of many of our voiceless friends.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking public comment until March 7th, though, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker plans to ask the federal government to double the public comment period for the rule.

There will be nine public hearings. Comments can be submitted online through regulations.gov  using docket number FWS-R7-NWRS-2014-0005, or directly here.

Or by mail to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [FWS-R7-NWRS-2014-0005]; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.

Below, please find a sample comment, please personalize.  Note: Agencies review all submissions, however some agencies may choose to redact, or withhold, certain submissions (or portions thereof) such as those containing private or proprietary information, inappropriate language, or duplicate/near duplicate examples of a mass-mail campaign.

Sample comment:

It is my understanding that this proposal to amend regulations for National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska was developed in response to public concern about predator control and recent liberalization of predator “harvest” within the State of Alaska. Thankyou, and I welcome a policy encouraging the maintenance of more biological diversity on refuges, and an end to the horrific “predator control” found to be acceptable and encouraged by the State.

State regulations which have long authorized the hunting/trapping and other intensive management actions that involve predator reduction efforts with the intent or potential to alter or manipulate natural predator-prey dynamics and associated ecological processes (to increase human harvest of ungulates) is in conflict with the federal mandate, and abhorrent.

I appreciate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ proposed rule which would clarify that predator control is not allowed on national wildlife refuges in Alaska, “unless necessary to meet refuge purposes, federal laws or Service policy, and is consistent with the agency’s conservation mission”, and appreciate your efforts here.

It is high time that Alaska stop treating our national preserves like game farms, and wholeheartedly support this proposal,

Your name

Thankyou, in advance, for your anticipated efforts on behalf of the wildlife on our National Preserves in Alaska.

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Restrictions On Predator Hunting Will Help Prevent Steep and Long Term Depression of Predator Populations

Good news for Alaska’s Wildlife and Wolves
Over the past decade, the National Park Service has objected to at least 50 proposals by Alaska wildlife officials to liberalize the killing of predators within national preserves. The conflict can be traced back to 1994, when the Alaska Legislature passed a law mandating that the Board of Game pursue intensive management “to maintain, restore, or increase the abundance of big game prey populations for human consumptive use,” according to a 2007 article in the Alaska Law Review by University of Alaska, Fairbanks, professor Julie Lurman and NPS subsistence manager Sanford Rabinowitch.
“Predator control”, which aims to suppress numbers of bears, wolves and coyotes in order to boost prey species, including moose and caribou, is incompatible with the Park Service’s mandate to preserve “natural ecosystems,” including at its 20 million acres of national preserves in Alaska (Sport hunting, illegal in national parks, is allowed in Alaska’s national preserves under a law Congress passed in 1980).
NPS first proposed a permanent ban on three predator hunting practices in 2014. These practices were illegal under Alaska law until approval (several years ago) by the state’s Board of Game. That proposal bans the baiting of brown ‪‎bears‬, the hunting of wolves and‪ coyotes‬ during the denning and pupping period, and the use of artificial light to shoot black bear sows and cubs at their dens, a technique known as “spotlighting.”
Now, after a long and heated battle, National Park Service will implement tighter restrictions on sport hunting with the closure regulations become effective Nov. 23, and new hunting regulations effective January 1st of next year. State officials, needless to say, are not pleased.
The new restrictions include these changes to sport hunting regulations on national preserves:

*NPS prohibits taking wolves and coyotes during the denning season.
*NPS prohibits the taking of any black bear using artificial lights at den sites including cubs and sows with cubs.
*NPS prohibits taking brown and black bears over bait.
*NPS will not allow hunters to use dogs to hunt black bears, while it is permitted by state rules.
*NPS will not allow hunters to shoot swimming caribou from a boat or shoot caribou that have emerged from the water onto the shoreline while the hunter is still on the boat, though state rules permit both.

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The manipulation of natural population dynamics conflicts with National Park Service law and policy. National park areas are managed to maintain natural ecosystems and processes, including wildlife populations and their behaviors. While sport hunting is allowed by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in national preserves in Alaska, NPS policies prohibit reducing native predators for the purpose of increasing numbers of harvested species.

For years, the National Park Service had repeatedly requested the State of Alaska and the Alaska Board of Game to exempt national preserves from state regulations that liberalized hunting methods, seasons and bag limits for predators. State officials denied those requests, as well as also objecting to the use of repeated temporary federal closures.

“Sport hunting” occurs on about 38 percent  (more than 20 million acres) of the land managed by the National Park Service in Alaska. In these national preserves, sport hunting generally occurs under state regulations. Though a large majority of state sport hunting regulations would remain unchanged, this is an enormous step in the right direction and puts a stop to these abhorrent acts of inhumanity in and around Alaska’s national parks and preserves.

National Park System areas, including preserves, already prohibit other predator control actions, such as aerial shooting of wolves, a horrific practice which the State of Alaska conducts as part of its statewide wildlife “management” program.

Featured Graphic: National Parks Conservation Association

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