What is ANILCA Anyway? Not a Walk in the Park…

We hear and see “ANILCA” used often in news stories about Alaska’s public lands that are in federal ownership and management, but many people do not know what ANILCA is. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act – “ANILCA” of 1980  is in short the single Congressional act that set aside for perpetual national public ownership 104 millions acres, a …

The Clock is Ticking on Wildlife and Wild Places

** as seen in the Sierra Borealis: Alaska Report, Sierra Club Alaska Chapter, June 2019 by Susan Hansen** Without immediate action, more than a million species could face extinction within a few decades, according to a new report by the United Nations.(see endnote). Keystone species like wolves, grizzly bears and polar bears are on the front lines of this crisis. …

“The Hidden Life of Wolves”

Jim K, a member of AFW’s steering committee highly recommends National Geographic’s book “The Hidden Life of Wolves” by filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher with forward by Robert Redford.   The Dutcher’s project took them into the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, where they lived or six years near a wolf family year round. They observed and photographed the intimate lives …

Gustavus Wolves and Sea Otters

While most wolves prefer moose, deers, and mountain goats, the Gustavus pack in northern Southeast Alaska has developed a taste for sea otters, most likely due to a a rapid growth in the population in the Glacier Bay National Park. It’s not certain how the wolves are killing the sea otters. Otters are known to come ashore during inclement weather, …

Logging Lawsuit in Tongass National Forest Invalidated

A federal appeals court just invalidated four U.S. Forest Service logging projects in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Congratulations to Larry Edwards, Greenpeace, and all involved in the successful lawsuit!   The Tongass National Forest is not only the country’s largest national forest, but also the world’s largest remaining temperate rainforest. The four projects were slated to clear cut 33 million …

The McNeil River Needs Our Help!

With headwaters in the Aleutians, the McNeil River provides sustenance to a vast array of wildlife, most notably salmon and brown bears. It was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 to protect what is currently the world’s largest congregation of wild brown bears. As many as 144 bears have been observed at McNeil River over a summer, and in …

Chilling Footage of the Renner’s Illegal Bear Killing

 

Chilling footage has been released of Andrew and Owen Runner’s now infamous black bear trophy hunt in Alaska last April.

 
The father-son duo are shown firing into the hollow that the mother bear and her cubs are hibernating in, killing the mother while the cubs shriek in fear. The father, Andrew Renner, then shoots two cubs at point-blank before hauling out the mother bear‘s corpse with his son. The men high-five, and then proceed to hack the mother bear into pieces, stuff her skin into a plastic bag, and leave the remains behind.
 
A few days later, the men returned to the scene to attempt to hide evidence of their heinous crime. They picked up spent bullet casings, stuffed the dead cubs into bags, and disposed of the mother bear’s tracking collar. Thankfully, the Renner’s crimes were captured by an on-site camera set up as part of a study by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service. Andrew Renner is currently serving a five-month prison sentence, and both defendants were ordered to pay $1,800 restitution, the amount set by statute for illegally killing black bears. Andrew Renner had his hunting license revoked for 10 years, and Owen Renner for two years.
 
This video offers a preview of what could happen to Alaska’s bears and wolves if the current administration succeeds in rolling back protections for these animals. Sadly, killing cubs with females is already legal in certain parts of Alaska under certain circumstances. If the new proposals by the Trump administrations Interior Secretary are enacted, it could become so in federal wildlife refuges and national park preserves.
 

Aeriel Wolf Hunting is Back in Unit 13

Aerial wolf hunting is back in Unit 13 Intensive Management Area. Alaskans for Wildlife strongly opposes the Intensive Management (IM) response by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a 1994 political, not scientific, legislative manuever by the Alaska Legislature to turn Alaska wildlands from their natural biological diversity into game farms, manipulating the wildlife balance by eliminating apex …

A year and a half ago, British Columbia banned grizzly bear hunts, citing that they were no longer socially acceptable. The move was supported by First Nations people, including Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, who called grizzly hunts a “barbaric practice”. And yet Idaho and Montana, just to the south, are pushing to reinstate bear trophy hunts… Check out the full …