The Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Friends of Chugach State Park, and Anchorage attorney Kneeland Taylor filed a petition to close the upcoming lynx hunting and trapping season in Chugach State Park.
Lynx hunting and trapping have been closed in the park since 2014 due to low population numbers. Earlier this summer, however, the Alaska Fish and Game opened season on lynx with no limit on the number of lynx a trapper can take.
This opening is incredibly hasty, and the Fish and Game have give no reason for it other than “observations suggest that the lynx population has increased to a level that could support hunting and trapping.” The order opening the season was not issued by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as is mandated in Chugach State Park statutes, and copies of the emergency opening order were not provided to the Department of Natural Resources, the Division of Park, the Superintendent of Chugach State Park, or the Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Committee.
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