ALERT: Help End State Predator Control on Alaska’s Wildlife Refuges

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Please voice your support for the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposed regulations by:

* Submitting written comments

* Signing an online petition

* Attending a workshop in Juneau, Fairbanks or Anchorage

 

Dear Wildlife Supporter:

Last month we sent an Alert detailing the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposed rule to ban Alaska’s predator control (intensive Management) programs on national wildlife refuge lands. These are the programs that kill excessive numbers of predators – primarily wolves and bears – to increase prey – most often moose and caribou – for hunters.

In February we asked our Alaska supporters to attend and testify at one of three USFWS public hearings. Thank you to the many who did just that! Nearly all of the attendees at the Fairbanks meeting spoke in favor of the ban, and at the Soldotna and Anchorage meetings testimony was close to 50-50 for and against – a very strong showing for our side!

Now we need your written comments in support of the proposed ban on predator control measures. The deadline for written comments (initially March 7) has been extended to April 7, 2016.

You may submit comments by:

Email:    click on http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter the docket number for this rule: FWS–R7–NWRS–2014–0005, then click on the Search button. On the following page, click “Comment Now!”

Mail:
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 22041-3803

We need everyone to comment in support of this ban! Even if you testified at one of the Alaska hearings, please send written comments as well!

For more background on the USFWS’s proposed rule and additional suggested talking points, see last month’s alert  here.

We encourage our supporters living outside of Alaska to comment on this rule. You can emphasize the point that these are national wildlife refuges and as such they are a resource that belongs to all Americans, not just a few Alaskans who want plentiful moose and caribou for easy hunting.

An online petition by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) can be found at: https://www.change.org/p/help-protect-wildlife-on-national-wildlife-refuges-in-alaska. Please add a brief comment after “I’m signing because…”. In its first week the petition gathered nearly 40,000 signatures!

In addition, the HSUS has scheduled free one-hour workshops in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage next week. Each event will feature information about the proposed USFWS rule, talking points to support it, and ways to advocate for its approval.

Juneau:
Monday, March 14, 6:00 pm
Juneau Library, Small Meeting Room
292 Marine Way

Fairbanks:
Tuesday, March 15, 6:00 pm
Noel Wien Library, Conference Room
1215 Cowles Street

Anchorage:
Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 pm
Anchorage Animal Care and Control, Meeting Room
4711 Elmore Road

Please help AWA and the HSUS voice strong support for the Fish & Wildlife Service plan to stop extreme predator control programs on Alaska’s wildlife refuges!

We need to stand strong with the USFWS and say “No!” to predator control on wildlife refuges.

Thank you for speaking up for Alaska’s wildlife. This is a great opportunity for us to help the feds “push back” against the state’s extreme and ever-expanding predator killing programs.

Ed Schmitt, President