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Picture a grizzly with tiny cubs trundling over the snowy tundra. Or black bear foraging in the woods. Or a wolf family sleepily curled in the den, the cubs at the mother's side. Alaska's wildlife refuges, established "to conserve fish and wildlife populations in their natural diversity," are home to all of these creatures. But in recent years, state officials have ignored both science and direction from the National Park Service, targeting predators with the vain hope of increasing prey species for subsistence hunters. Studies show that caribou and moose populations are mostly limited by availability of food each year. Yet the state has sanctioned and even utilized extreme means to kill predators on nationally protected wildlife refuges.

These methods include killing mother bears slowed by tiny cubs, and gassing wolf pups and families as they sleep in their dens. They include bear baiting, snares, and traps. Perhaps most controversial of all, they include hunting bears and wolves via relentless pursuit by small aircraft - gunning them down from the skies.

In August of 2016, the federal government finalized a rule to clarify federal protection of predators on Alaska's wildlife refuges, banning these hunting methods. Recently, the new House of Representatives took advantage of an obscure rule that was intended to be an oversight tool, and used it to revoke these protections. If the Senate follows suit, and President Trump signs the revocation, predators will again be vulnerable to extreme hunting by trophy hunters and by the state itself.

These acts are not condoned by scientists or studies. They're rejected by most of the people of Alaska, and even by many hunters. Predators play a vital role in the ecosystem, keeping prey species healthy, concentrating and moving nutrients, and actually changing the landscape by their very presence. In the last and arguably the greatest wilderness left in the United States, apex predators deserve our protection, and our respect.

Tell the leaders of the Senate and President Donald Trump not to allow this travesty to play out on public lands. Tell them to protect the predators of Alaska's wildlife refuges now.

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To President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Majority Whip John Cornyn, Minority leader Chuck Schumer, and Minority Whip Dick Durbin:

We, the undersigned, wish to express our urgent concern regarding the passage of H. J. RES. 69, which will revoke predator protections granted in a rule passed regarding Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.

Alaskan wildlife refuges, like all of the federally protected refuges in this great nation, are maintained with the conservation of species and the ecosystem as the primary goal. Those species very much include apex predators, and with excellent reason.

Apex predators, including grizzly bears, black bears, and wolves, are vital for a healthy and thriving ecosystem. Study after study has shown that their presence improves the health of ungulates like caribou, moose, and wild sheep by culling the old, sick, or weak. They affect the very landscape, changing how prey species move and forage. They concentrate and distribute vital nutrients throughout the ecosystem, helping the very plants the feed prey species. And their predation has less effect on the ungulate population than the far more important availability of plant food.

To sanction and promote extreme hunting methods in these refuges goes against everything they were established for. The rule the House of Representatives would roll back does not pertain to normal hunting of these predators. It addresses shooting mother bears with cubs, gassing wolf families in their dens, using methods that cause prolonged pain like snares and traps, and taking unsportsmanlike advantage of bait stations and airplanes. These methods will not protect wild ungulates that Alaskans rely on, nor are they at all likely to increase the populations or health of these species. Most Alaskans, in addition to biologists and even many hunters, agree that they should not be allowed.

Theodore Roosevelt said, "I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us." Do not roll back these predator protections. Let the grizzlies, the black bears, and the wolves survive in our wildlife refuges, for the generations that come after us to wonder at.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Sep 20, 2017 Josie Avalos
Sep 20, 2017 kay groce
Sep 19, 2017 Rita Council
Sep 19, 2017 Wanda Mahboub
Sep 19, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 18, 2017 Lorna Wallach
Sep 18, 2017 Lynne Geddes
Sep 18, 2017 Howard Cohen
Sep 18, 2017 Janice E. Farry-Menke
Sep 18, 2017 Elise Caplan
Sep 18, 2017 Morena gambarelli
Sep 18, 2017 Jeannie Dinning
Sep 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 11, 2017 Desari Erickson
Sep 11, 2017 Priscilla Gilbert
Sep 6, 2017 kathleen conroy
Sep 6, 2017 Rob Croft
Sep 5, 2017 Miriam Tung
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 4, 2017 Michelyn Martirez
Sep 1, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 31, 2017 (Name not displayed) Apex predators are necessary for our balanced ecosystem.
Aug 31, 2017 Janine Corday
Aug 31, 2017 Gayle M Fout
Aug 31, 2017 Victoria Desmond
Aug 31, 2017 cris spiza reilly
Aug 31, 2017 hebe martorella
Aug 31, 2017 susan chapman
Aug 31, 2017 Richard Han
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Aug 29, 2017 Alyssa Oggiono
Aug 28, 2017 elizabeth cano
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2017 Lynn Miller
Aug 23, 2017 Cara Gregory
Aug 23, 2017 Becky Anderson
Aug 23, 2017 Monique TONET
Aug 22, 2017 Linda Detels
Aug 22, 2017 Jennifer Reinert
Aug 22, 2017 Martha Jaquith
Aug 22, 2017 Diane Kadomoto
Aug 22, 2017 David Young
Aug 21, 2017 Kay Roberts
Aug 21, 2017 Monica Good
Aug 20, 2017 dana newsom
Aug 20, 2017 Deja Brown

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