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Keep the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge wild

Action needed by 31, 2013

The Alaska Board of Game goes rogue…again.
Amid all of the huffing and puffing and blowing the houses down, the Alaska Board of Game recently passed a proposal that opens up the Skilak Loop area in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to firearms hunting for wolves, lynx, and coyotes. So, what’s new, right?
Well, it just so happens that this area of the federally managed Refuge has been set aside for nearly 30 years for the specific purpose of wildlife viewing. The 1.98 million acre Kenai Refuge is unique among Alaskan refuges in that it includes wildlife-oriented recreation, interpretation, and environmental education among the major purposes for which it was established.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the Skilak Loop Special Management Area to provide enhanced opportunities for wildlife viewing. This Area provides visitors an increased chance to see wildlife, and it is where the USF&WS teaches young Alaskans about the outdoors and the wildlife that call Skilak Loop home. The remainder of the (roughly 98%) remains open to hunting.
None of this apparently matters to the state Board of Game. They care little that their recent adoption of this proposal is in direct conflict with the existing Refuge Management Plan. They have approved regulations that are, in fact, against the law. So what happens when hunters go out to bag a wolf in this Special Management Area? They could be charged with breaking federal law!
The Alaska Board of Game is blatantly defying federal land management rules to further its own intensive predator control agenda on the Kenai Peninsula. It is egregiously overstepping its authority by trying to impose state regulations allowing hunting onto federal land set aside for wildlife viewing. This proposal would create a rat’s nest of hunting regulations confusing both for hunters and for wildlife troopers trying to enforce the rules. The Board of Game has proven once again that it is an unfit body to manage our wildlife.

Take Action:

Please contact Cora Campbell, Commissioner of Fish and Game. Let her know what you think about the Board’s actions. Tell her how important wildlife viewing is to you, and if you have visited the Skilak Loop area specifically, let her know that as well. Ask her not to sign Proposal 159 into regulation.
  • Cora Campbell, (907)465-4100
  • Doug Vincent-Lang, Director of Wildlife Conservation. (907)267-2339,

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