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New Lawsuit Aims To Stop Hunters From Killing Bears & Their Cubs & Wolves & Their Pups During Denning Season In Alaska’s National Preserves

A lawsuit filed yesterday in Federal District Court in Alaska charges the United States Interior Department and National Park Service (NPS) with violating multiple laws when adopting a rule that would open up national preserves in Alaska to hunting practices like baiting bears and killing wolves during the denning season.

“Allowing bear cubs to be killed with their mothers and wolf pups to be targeted in their dens is unjustifiably cruel,” said Andrea Feniger, Director of Sierra Club’s Alaska Chapter. “It is also detrimentally short-sighted. The science is clear that we are in the midst of a climate and extinction crisis. There’s an urgent need to manage these lands to protect wildlife.”

With the new rule, NPS reverses its longstanding position that Alaska may not implement sport hunting regulations on national preserves that are designed to decimate predators in order to increase the numbers of moose and caribou so that people can sadly continue to hunt them.

“It is outrageous to target ecologically important animals like wolves and bears so that hunters might have more moose and caribou to kill,” Collette Adkins, Carnivore Conservation Director for the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “Not only are destructive predator control practices harmful and unsporting, they’re illegal when done on federal public lands set aside to protect biodiversity.”

Unfathomably, the agency’s new rule illegally clears the way for the state to allow activities like bear baiting and killing of wolves during denning season in all national preserves in Alaska.

The lawsuit charges the agencies with violating the National Park Service’s Organic Act, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. The State of Alaska generally manages so-called “sport hunting” on federal lands, but that management discretion must stay within the bounds of federal mandates.

“Techniques such as killing bear sows with cubs at den sites or “harvesting” brown bears over bait are clearly inappropriate within units of the National Park System,” said Phil Francis, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. “The National Park Service is mandated to conserve wildlife, not exploit it through these objectionable hunting practices.”

Law firm Trustees for Alaska filed the lawsuit on behalf of 13 clients: Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Alaska Wilderness League, Alaskans FOR Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, Copper Country Alliance, Defenders of Wildlife, Denali Citizens Council, the Humane Society of the United States, National Parks Conservation Association, Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Sierra Club, and Wilderness Watch.

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California’s Only Known Gray Wolf Pack Has Eight New Pups Giving Hope To The Future Of Their Species

California’s only known wolf family, the Lassen pack, has produced its fourth litter of pups. The pups’ father joined the pack recently, after the pack’s first breeding male disappeared last summer.

“We’re elated at the birth of the Lassen pack’s endearing pups, who are breathing new life into the Golden State’s wolf recovery,” said Amaroq Weiss, a senior West Coast wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement. “These little ones give hope to everyone who wants to see wolves reestablished in the places these beautiful animals once called home.”

Last year the Trump administration proposed to strip legal protection from wolves across the country. Although California’s wolves are fully protected under state law, Oregon’s wolves are not. Because California’s wolves have often traveled from Oregon, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s removal of federal protections would harm future wolf recovery in California and elsewhere.

“Wolf recovery in West Coast states is in its infancy, and it’s been made possible by federal protection,” said Weiss. “With the Trump administration’s plans to remove federal safeguards, the inspiring story of wolf recovery in California could tragically be cut short.”

The original Lassen pack father, a gray-colored wolf, has not been seen since June of last year. As of fall 2019, the pack consisted of the breeding female, a subadult wolf from the 2018 litter and the four pups from the 2019 litter. Earlier this year, the Lassen female was seen with a lone black male wolf.

This year’s new litter consists of eight pups, and genetic test results so far from their scat shows that at least four are male and two are female. DNA testing of scat collected from both the pups and the black adult male wolf also establish that he is the father of this new litter. His scat is also being tested to try to determine his pack of origin.

With these new pups, the Lassen pack now consists of at least 14 wolves including the mother and father, and the new eight pups and four subadult wolves from the pack’s prior litters.

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