Hearings will be held on Denali-specific wildlife management regulations at the Murie Science and Learning Center, this coming Thursday, March 13th, from 6:30 until 8:00 PM.
These temporary regulations will prohibit certain hunting practices in Denali’s Preserve lands, areas in the north and southwest regions of the park where hunting is allowed. Recently the state of Alaska, which sets hunting regulations for Preserves, has instituted practices that violate NPS policies. These practices are meant to target predators, and include spotlighting black bear sows and cubs in their den for purposes of killing them, taking brown bears at bait stations, and extending the wolf hunting seasons.
For details regarding these state-sponsored practices and the federal regulations being proposed to prevent them, see the NPS Press Release at the following link – AKRO_Wildlife_restrictions_press release_final (1).
It is extremely important that as many members of the public as possible testify in support of NPS on these regulations, to demonstrate that Alaska citizens support NPS policies of managing for diverse wildlife populations.
Please read the press release and supporting materials at the link above, then attend the hearing at the Murie Science and Learning Center this Thursday!