New rules allow hunting of Alaskan bear cubs and wolf pups

May 29, 2020 by  
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The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are easing hunting rules on some of Alaska’s national preserves and at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Conservation groups have criticized the new rules as cruel and extreme. Many Alaskan leaders,  hunters and tribal members enthusiastically support the changes. This move rolls back hunting and trapping prohibitions in national preserves adopted in 2015 under the Obama administration. The new rules will let hunters use artificial lights to lure black  bears , including cubs and mothers, out of their dens. Hunters will also be able to kill wolves and coyotes, both adults and pups, during denning season. These rules will make swimming caribou fair game, and allow them to be hunted from motorboats. Related: Trump administration wants to allow “extreme and cruel” hunting methods in Alaska “These harvest practices would be allowed in national preserves where authorized by the state of Alaska,” Peter Christian, a spokesperson for the National Park Service, told the  Anchorage Daily News.  The National Park Service manages ten preserves in the state, including one just west of Denali. The new laws won’t affect Alaska’s  national parks . The Tanana Chiefs Conference, a group that represents 42 tribes, supports this change. Victor Joseph, the group’s chair, said in a statement that the  Obama -era rule was adopted without “adequate tribal consultation,” adding that “previous limitations enacted in 2015 threatened our way of life and our centuries-long sustainable management practices.” Defenders of Wildlife released a statement alleging that the Trump administration wants to boost game populations for hunters by killing off predators; they claim that these rolled back regulations are part of that plan. “The  Trump administration  has shockingly reached a new low in its treatment of wildlife,” said Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife. “Allowing the killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens is barbaric and inhumane.” Via Anchorage Daily News Images via Pixabay

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Federal judge blocks the Keystone XL Pipeline

November 12, 2018 by  
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In a major setback for President Trump and his administration, a U.S. district judge has issued an order to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline while the State Department studies its impact on the environment . Last year, the Trump administration approved the controversial 1,179-mile pipeline, but Judge Brian Morris’ 54-page order is preventing it from being built — for now. The decision does not permanently stop construction, but it is putting the development on hold until the State Department takes a harder look at the impact the pipeline will have on oil prices, the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, potential oil spills and cultural resources. Related: The Keystone Pipeline leak was nearly twice as big as we thought Under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, there is an obligation to protect the environment. Under the Obama administration, the State Department denied a permit to build the pipeline because of the environmental effects. But President Trump shifted the policy when he took office and invited TransCanada to re-submit its permit application just four days after he was sworn in. Then, in March 2017, the POTUS signed an executive order supporting the Keystone Pipeline’s construction. Judge Morris wrote in his decision that the president did not give a reasoned explanation or a fact-based determination for the course reversal. According to NPR , there has been a lot of backlash from environmentalists and indigenous peoples since the pipeline’s conception in 2008 because of the possible environmental impact and violations of historic treaties. “Today’s ruling is a decisive moment in our fight against the corporate polluters who have rushed to destroy our planet,” said Marcie Keever, legal director at Friends of the Earth. “Today, the courts showed the Trump administration and their corporate polluter friends that they cannot bully rural landowners, farmers, environmentalists and Native communities.” If the Keystone Pipeline does become a reality, it will run through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Canada, and it will transport about 830,000 barrels of crude oil each day. Via NPR Image via Pax Ahimsa Gethen

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