Trump Opens Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges

Trump Opens Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges

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This week, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt released a statement: “President Trump is committed to expanding public access on public lands…”

So far so good! “… and this proposal is executing on that directive by opening and increasing more access to hunting and fishing.”

Trump Opens Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges

Sigh. Clearly Trump is (intentionally) missing the point. The American people want more access to federal public lands so that they can hike, play and explore. This directive just gives people more places where they can kill animals.

Specifically, the plan will add 1.4 million acres of federally protected land where people can hunt.

In total, 74 places designated as wildlife refuges will lose what it means to be a true “refuge” and subject formerly protected animals to frequent attack.

Hearing it from the Interior Department, the changes are about protecting… protecting the tradition of hunting.

“Hunting and fishing are more than just traditional pastimes as they are also vital to the conservation of our lands and waters, our outdoor recreation economy and our American way of life,” reads the press release.

It further reminds us that the hunting/fishing industries account for $156 billion per year.

Two years ago, former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke set this change into motion when he said his department would undergo reviews on how to increase hunting opportunities on public lands.

He indicated that this examination was necessary since the Obama White House “did not appreciate access to hunting and target shooting” in the way the Trump administration does.

A lot of the changes will align the hunting standards for these federal lands with hunting standards for the states in which they are present.

Among the changes the Interior highlighted are opening the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (Wyoming) to elk and deer hunting and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (Florida) to big game hunting,


Since taking over in 2017, the Trump administration has made several moves to support hunters, perhaps in a bid to appease both the NRA and the president’s own sons.

We’ve seen them remove the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the endangered list to allow hunting and rewrite big game trophy importing rules to appease the rich and trigger-happy.

The Trump administration would have you believe that its actions are part of a larger conservation plan to keep species’ populations in check, but a host of other policies indicate that the White House just plain doesn’t care about the well-being of species.

It’s also a little hard to buy that Trump is opening hunting to improve federal lands when he’s shown disdain for them in general.

Currently, he’s trying to open one million acres of such land in California to fracking, and he also was responsible for the biggest undoing of federal land protections in history.

There’s still some time to fight this policy. The White House will solicit public comments on the idea for the next month and a half, which could be a great opportunity for us to remind the administration what the definition of “wildlife refuge” really is.

This article was  first published by Care2.com on 8 June 2019.

 

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Mark Holland
Mark Holland

them damn dirty hunters they took ohio that had no deer till 80s or turkey till 90s and flooded the place with every thing that was killed out in the 1890s to the 30s, we got every thing coming back bear fox coy wolfs bob cats lions linx big deer fishers mink ect, flocks of turkey all thanks to hunters paying to hunt, some of these have killed off our quail grouse and bob white

Marilyn Cancel

BASTARDS

Joyce Battaglia

If one hunting for a catch to use for dinner… then no problem…. but if hunting for sports killing animals without caring or no regards, then am totally against it… Lord help us!!!

Mark Holland
Mark Holland

we trail cam and hunt the biggest and eat them why select harvest the biggest bull and bucks it opens the door to its young to stay, its traits health stay with the area

Mars Greenwood

He’s beyond dumb !

Donna R. D'Fini

Bought and sold/ immoral

Tierra Chapman

Foreseeable. Preventable. Unconscionable. We can turn this around. Vote Blue, No Matter Who, in 2020!!! Reclaim our one shared planet before it’s too late.

Alison Moanique

evil wicked man in the white house.

Tami Hanley

Trump is a piece of crap…. period.

Marylyn Eichenholtz
Marylyn Eichenholtz

I’d like to see a target on Trump’s big ass. Maybe he and Dick Cheney could go hunting together!

Lynn Garza

God help us when we see what he has been signing behind our backs. Please, call Washington daily, Senate and Congress to voice your concerns. Daily.

Tom DeVange

WTF?! Does trump have a group of people in the WH whose job it is to figure out the worst possible, most destructive and completely idiotic thing he could do each day?

Diane
Diane

Exactly!

Karen Jeffery
Karen Jeffery

Broken hearted we have American neighbours being taken advantage of, lied to, cheated and treated like imbeciles. Your country’s reputation is tarnished all over the world. Sorry, but your President is a vile human being!

Toni Dalmolin

FAKE news

Nanette Uhlenhop

als het zo is tenminste, toch alles om hem zwart te maken…

Arlene Labbe

SICK AND WRONG FOR MEN TO KILL FOR “SPORT.” THEY ARE MURDERERS, PERIOD!

Cameron McElroy

No!

Jonathan Sevigny

He’s the worst president ever I hate that man someone should shoot him and put his head on a wall!!

Pedro TresPeros

NONSENSE there are hungry sharks offshore that would love him …

Kalyan Bhattacharyya

Has the bastard completely lost it??

Pauline Hodson

the Killers and Destroyers of our World. when the rest are trying to Heal it

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Stupid f*cking does

Cynthia Trexler

Sick scum

Robert Piller
Robert Piller

Look at what helped him get elected. The Unforeseen Consequences Of Green Politics.
https://static.wixstatic.com/ugd/74da12_146c17a632804fe89fc370f8937d3ad0.pdf

Sue Lesmond
Sue Lesmond

The only good hunter is a dead one.Hunters need to hunt each other.

Jean-Claude DeGrimaldi

VILE PIECE OF SCUM, NEW YORK SEWER RAT WITH EVERY DISEASE KNOWN TO MAN….

Michele Ziegenfelder Antoine

Jean-Claude DeGrimaldi great post, love the sewer rat, gonna remember that. Needed new material when talking about trump…lol

Sue Curtis

ITS SO SHAMEFUL.OUR UNITED STATES NEEDS TO LEAD A GOOD EXAMPLE TO OTHER COUNTRIES REGARDING CONSERVATION. THIS REALLY PISSES ME OFF!!!!!

Tami Miller

It does ME TOO. How on earth can he think he is going to make America great again if he lets all the wildlife here be killed for pleasure. The more disrespect he shows for wildlife the more I disrespect him.