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Sweeping New Rule for Alaska’s Predator Control

posted Oct 6, 2014, 8:22 PM by chloe owens

9/11/14, by Krista Langlois, High Country News

Sweeping new rule for Alaska’s predator control

When Jim Stratton, deputy vice president for the National Parks Conservation Association, heard last week that the National Park Service had announced a sweeping new rule banning the manipulation of predators and prey in Alaska’s national preserves, his reaction was – to put it mildly – unfettered joy.  The proposed rule is currently up for public comments…It prohibits the baiting of brown bears, the killing of wolves and coyotes when pups are in tow, and the use of artificial light to kill black bears in their dens.  It also pre-emptively prohibits any other practice “with the intent or potential to alter or manipulate natural predator-prey dynamics.”  In other words, killing predators to boost ungulate populations will no longer be allowed in Alaska’s national preserves.