Keep State Hunting Regs out of National Preserves

Despite opposition from over 400,000 Americans, the Trump administration has finalized a rule that will allow for the shooting of wolves and their pups, as well as bears and their cubs, in dens on national preserves in Alaska. This ruling comes on the heels of a proposed regulation that would allow for bear baiting in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge …

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

Check out this beautiful video of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.  A federal judge recently halted a proposed land transfer that would have allowed for a 12 mile road to be built through the refuge. The judge questioned the current administration’s decision to allow the road, given that the Obama administration determined that the road would cause significant degradation of irreplaceable …

The Department of the Interior recently announced that it would be rolling back a series of protections for bears, wolves, coyotes, and caribou on Alaska’s national parks and preserves. These protections, passed in 2015 after numerous hearings and over 70,000 public comments, banned inhumane hunting practices on Alaska’s parks and preserves. Such hunting practices included killing bears, wolves, and coyotes …

Trump Plans to Gut Migratory Bird Act

Last week the Trump administration moved forward with plans to roll back the Migratory Bird Act, a centuries-old law that protects over a 1,000 species of wild birds.  If enacted, the plan would end the practice of treating accidental bird deaths caused by industry as potential criminal violations. Industries such as oil and gas would no longer have to work …

HR 5127: Refuge from Trapping Act

Have you heard of the Refuge From Trapping Act HR 5127? Proposed last year and  championed by US Rep. Nita Lowery, (D-NY), chairwoman of the US House Appropriations Committee, the bill would ban body gripping traps including steel-jawed leg-hold traps, conibear traps and strangulation neck snares within the National Wildlife Refuge system. This would effectively remove trapping from the 1/3rd …

Pebble Mine Update

Last week the EPA told the US Army Corps of Engineers in Alaska that they would not formally object to the proposed Pebble Mine plan. This lack of objection comes despite the EPA’s supposed concerns about the plan, including that dredging for the open-pit mine “may well contribute to the permanent loss of 2,292 acres of wetlands and. . . …

Alaska Peninsula Bears Under Threat

The Alaska Board of Game is considering a proposal for three consecutive bear hunts (Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022) on the Alaska Peninsula, where bear populations have been declining for the past twenty years. The proposal comes after a teleconference in which hunters (including out-of-state hunters) and guides lobbied for increased bear hunts in 2021 to compensate for the …

Good News for (future) Colorado Wolves

Gray wolves once roamed most of North America. However, shortly after the arrival of European colonizers, the entire species faced widespread persecution. By the 1930’s, wolves were eradicated from most of the western U.S., largely due to aggressive predator control programs and habitat loss. In 1978, the gray wolf was classified as a federally endangered species, and starting in the …

Endangered Species Day

It’s Endangered Species Day! And while the endangerment of a species is never something to celebrate, the species themselves and the legislation that protects them certainly is. Created in 1973, The Endangered Species Act (ESA) works to not only prevent the extinction of species, but also to protect the ecosystems on which they depend. Since signed into law, the ESA …

Morgan Stanley Pulls Out of ANWR Drilling

Morgan Stanley became the latest bank to pull out of Arctic drilling, when they released their revised policy at the end of April. They became the fifth major U.S. bank to announce it will no longer support drilling the arctic, following similar moves from Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, all in the space of four months. Bank …