U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Removes Alaskan’s Ability to Manage Wildlife

By Glen Wunderlich with assistance from Brian Lynn of the Sportsmen's Alliance (www.SportsmensAlliance.org)

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Removes Alaskan's Ability to Manage Wildlife
Glen Wunderlich
Glen Wunderlich

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- Fundamental change is, once again, being thrust upon Americans by the autocrats in Washington D.C.

This time, it involves a controversial and inexplicable maneuver that reeks of hypocrisy.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and its appointed director, Dan Ashe, have issued new regulations closing 77 million acres of land in Alaska to state wildlife management, including effective predator control and other established means and methods of hunting and trapping.

First, the hypocrisy: This is the same FWS that has banded together with states in the Great Lakes region, including Michigan, in a lawsuit to return wolves to state management. And, since the management of wildlife has always been the responsibility of each individual state according to its priorities, how does the heavy hand of central command’s rulers swing so much legal clout? It doesn’t!

Our wildlife doesn’t belong to Washington, D.C. or any landowner; it belongs to the states. When we purchase hunting and fishing licenses, we do so from state agencies and are required to follow the laws of the respective states issuing said licenses.

There exists no federal management program for any wildlife. Until now.

When Alaska was granted statehood in 1959, its ownership and control of game populations – including that within federal lands – was specifically enumerated in three acts: Alaska Statehood Act (1959), Alaska Lands Act (1980), and the Refuge Improvement Act (1997). With the vested power of Congress, these acts were clearly approved.

Once again, the feds purport to know what’s good for us, as it dishes out the distasteful medicine. Ah, but there’s a fly in this ointment. Behind the scenes, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) – the most powerful anti-hunting lobby in the world that despises all forms of hunting and hunters – was thanked by Ash in a tweet.

The stench gets stronger. The rule changes include provisions that abruptly deny American citizens of their collective voice relative to management of the National Wildlife Refuge through the following:

  • Doubling the length of emergency closures of refuge lands from 30 to 60 days
  • Removing requirements for public hearings on such closures
  • Complete elimination of the maximum length of a temporary closure

Mr. Ashe, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do.

This precedent, if left unchallenged, shall lay the groundwork for non-affected city slickers to push their radical agendas throughout the nation.

As “We the People” are relegated to irrelevance, what is to prevent more power grabs in the Western states, where apex predators threaten to destroy what is left of its once-thriving populations of elk and mule deer?

The Sportsmen’s Alliance strongly opposes these rules and is working closely with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), Alaska hunters and hunting guides, and the Alaska Congressional Delegation to block the Obama Administration from enforcing these new “HSUS rules.

Sustainability has been built into all regulated hunting since its inception. There is no movement to totally eradicate any species, including a couple years ago, when Michigan established a hunting season for wolves. A mere 23 wolves were taken by hunters – about half of the established quota – a small fraction of the 600-700 wolves roaming the northern reaches of the state.

It’s called game management and that’s what hunters do. And, that’s the way it should be.


About Glen Wunderlich:

Charter Member Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). Outdoor writer and columnist for The Argus-Press (www.argus-press.com) and blog site at www.thinkingafield.org  Member National Rifle Association (NRA), Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), member U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA), Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM).

  • 6 thoughts on “U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Removes Alaskan’s Ability to Manage Wildlife

    1. Hunting when done right benefits conservation. That being said some Alaskans are giant bitches and do not want a challenge or to actually hunt they just wanna kill. I would feel more for them if they didn’t believe chasing wolves from the air was hunting or sportsman like at all. Why don’t you just have someone else catch them kennel them the kill them if your gonna be such a pathetic lazy cowardly little bitch? Maybe if they policed themselves of their chaff like MEN this wouldn’t be happining.

    2. Anyone who still believes leftists support the 2nd Amendment to preserve hunting must now also believe armadillos make good pets. Hopefully, Alaskan law enforcement, game wardens and hunters alike will ignore this stupid dufus (Dan Obama Ashe) and his regulations. If Ashe has the grit, he can always saddle up, lock & load and enforce the law in this small “park” (it’s only slightly more than 1.5 times the size of Kansas). If not, perhaps he can get some help from the federal fire department. Or perhaps the federal meter maids. Or the federal boy scouts. Whatever. We’ve been regulated enough. Fed up. Done.

    3. There are two bright spots in this over-reach.
      1. This administration has less than 6 months remaining and the next will hopefully be Constituttionally based and Republican.

      2. A decade ago I attended a flight instructor clinic. The instructor told about his recent class he presented in Alaska. He said, “The FAA has a goal of getting half of all the pilots in Alaska licensed.”

      Alaskans tend to ignore government.

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