October 17, 2021

House Passes CRA to Restore Alaskan Sovereignty and Local Management on Federal Wildlife Refuges

Press Release from House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2017

Today, the House passed H.J. Res. 69 sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK). This joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act will overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.”

This rule violates three Congressionally passed statutes that have precedence on this particular issue. Here’s the bottom line: Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife know exactly what they are doing. They know the area. They know the animals. This rule only stops the fish and wildlife system of Alaska from simply doing their job as they know how to do it.” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) said during floor debate.There are some people who might think this only deals with Alaska. Technically it does, but the problem is if this happens to Alaska this could also happen in any one of the lower 48 states. We’re simply one lawsuit away.”

From the beginning, I said I would do everything in my power to overturn this illegal jurisdictional power grab by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, we’re one step closer to delivering on that commitment and eliminating a wrongful seizure of Alaska’s fish and wildlife management authority,” Chairman Emeritus Young stated.I’m thankful to all those that played a role in moving this important resolution of disapproval, including that countless state and local stakeholders that worked with me to fight a very serious and alarming overreach by the Executive Branch. I look forward to seeing the swift consideration of H.J. Res. 69 in the Senate.”

The Federal Lands subcommittee will spend this Congress working on legislation to restore our public lands from the policy of benign neglect that has plagued our public lands to the point that we are losing our forests in the west and that has strained the relationships between our communities and our federal agencies. The resolution sponsored by Congressman Young is an excellent start,” Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA) said.

Background Information:

On August, 5, 2016, FWS issued its final rule, which seizes authority away from the State of Alaska to manage fish and wildlife for both recreational and subsistence uses on federal wildlife refuges in Alaska.

The Congressional Review Act empowers Congress to review new federal regulations issued by government agencies. With the passage of a joint resolution and the signature of the president, Congress can overrule a regulation.

Click here for additional information on the rule.


Alaska Sues U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Over Refuge Predator Program

“The state of Alaska has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of a federal agency’s restrictions on predator harvests on wildlife refuges and national parks there.

State attorneys filed the lawsuit Jan. 13 in the U.S. District Court of Alaska, claiming new rules adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) violate a 1980s law authorizing the state to manage wildlife, impairs indigenous peoples’ ability to harvest food for sustenance, and sets a precedence to restrict future fish and game harvests, intended to be under state control.

The new rules prohibit taking black or brown bear cubs or sows with cubs, taking brown bears over bait, taking bears using traps or snares, taking wolves and coyotes from May 1 to Aug. 9, and taking bears from an aircraft or on the same day as air travel has occurred.

In 2015 the National Park Service (NPS), also under the Department of the Interior, placed similar restrictions on national park lands there.”<<<Read More>>>


Alaskans Must Stop Burning Wood to Stay Warm

You Can’t Fix This Kind of STUPID!

“But alas, now comes the federal government to tell the inhabitants of Alaska’s interior that, really, they should not be building fires to keep themselves warm during the winter. The New York Times reports the Environmental Protection Agency could soon declare the Alaskan cities of Fairbanks and North Pole, which have a combined population of about 100,000, in “serious” noncompliance of the Clean Air Act early next year.”<<<Read More>>>


Alaska Wildlife Managers Say USFWS Rule Violates 1980s Law

State wildlife managers say the new rule “harshly restricts the ability of Alaskans to feed themselves through responsible and sustainable harvest, and is “wholly inconsistent with what the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 promised (Alaskans), which gave the state wildlife management authority on state, private and federal lands.”<<<Read More>>>

Final Rule:

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or FWS), are amending regulations for National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) in Alaska that govern predator control and public participation and closure procedures. The amendments to the regulations are designed to clarify how our existing mandates for the conservation of natural and biological diversity, biological integrity, and environmental health on refuges in Alaska relate to predator control; prohibit several particularly effective methods and means for take of predators; and update our public participation and closure procedures. This rule does not change Federal subsistence regulations or restrict the taking of fish or wildlife for subsistence uses under Federal subsistence regulations.<<<Read More>>>


The Rise of Social Science in Wildlife Management: Feds Propose Banning Predator Hunting, Bear Baiting on Alaska Refuge Lands

Sometimes, however, the regulations are complex not because of what’s best for the resource but because of a dynamic wildlife managers often refer to as “social science.

”Social science is the human factor of wildlife management.

Source: The Rise of Social Science in Wildlife Management: Feds Propose Banning Predator Hunting, Bear Baiting on Alaska Refuge Lands | Outdoor Life


Moose hunter v national parks: federal overreach case headed to supreme court

In a remote corner of the wild north, just south of the Arctic Circle, an Alaskan moose hunter and the national park service have set the stage for a legal battle now headed to the US supreme court.

What started nine years ago as a debate over whether a hovercraft (a water vessel that rides on a cushion of air) is the same as a boat (which rides on a hull in the water) has turned into a monster legal battle that has raised questions – and hackles – about state sovereignty and federal overreach.

Source: Moose hunter v national parks: federal overreach case headed to supreme court | US news | The Guardian


U.S.F.W.S. Refuses to List Archipelago Wolf as Endangered or Threatened

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 
12-month finding on a petition to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf 
(Canis lupus ligoni) as an endangered or threatened species and to 
designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (Act). The petitioners provided three listing options for 
consideration by the Service: Listing the Alexander Archipelago wolf 
throughout its range; listing Prince of Wales Island (POW) as a 
significant portion of its range; or listing the population on Prince 
of Wales Island as a distinct population segment (DPS). After review of 
the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that 
listing the Alexander Archipelago wolf is not warranted at this time 
throughout all or a significant portion of its range, including POW. We 
also find that the Alexander Archipelago wolf population on POW does 
not not meet the criteria of the Service's DPS policy, and, therefore, 
it does not constitute a listable entity under the Act. We ask the 
public to submit to us any new information that becomes available 
concerning the threats to the Alexander Archipelago wolf or its habitat 
at any time.<<<

Sen. Sullivan: Wolves in Southeast Alaska Not Endangered

This is a copy of a letter sent to Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from Senator Dan Sullivan, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Subcommittee of Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife. Follow this link please.


Federal Agency Bans Wolf, Bear Hunting Methods in Alaska

*Editor’s Note* – This is probably a good example of how regulation, and thus elimination of, hunting, fishing and trapping will take place in all of the United States in the future. It closely follows the fascist control of the central government, spreading out into all departments.

On Friday, the National Park Service (NPS) published new hunting regulations that would ban several controversial hunting practices from National Preserves in Alaska. The new regulations overrides current state wildlife laws and Alaskan officials have stated that they were concerned over the intrusion by the NPS in what they say should be a state concern. In a press release, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game called the new regulations “restrictive” and detrimental to practices that have a “longstanding importance” to state hunters.

Source: Federal Agency Bans Wolf, Bear Hunting Methods in Alaska – OutdoorHub


Environmental, economic factors play out in Southeast Alaska battle over wolves

“They’re logging up a storm out there,” said Owen Graham, executive director of the Alaska Forest Association, an industry group. “They’re trying to get wood ahead of the winter.

”But all that could come to an end if the wolf is declared endangered. Federal regulators could reduce or stop logging or hunting or both if they decide either is putting wolves at risk of extinction.

Source: Environmental, economic factors play out in Southeast Alaska battle over wolves | Alaska Dispatch News