SCI Supports Hunting in National Preserve Boundaries

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SCI Supports Hunting in National

Preserve Boundaries

Safari Club International (SCI) has submitted written comments to the National Park Service (NPS) opposing their attempt to deprive the Alaska Board of Game of its authority to manage wildlife within National Preserves. The NPS published a number of proposed temporary restrictions affecting certain sport hunting practices in several national preserves in Alaska. The proposed restrictions are part of a growing number of designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions that the NPS has issued for the management of National Park Service lands in its Alaska region. If enacted, these restrictions will impact hunting opportunities on the following National Preserves: Alagnak Wild River, Aniakchak, Bering Land Bridge, Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Katmai, Lake Clark, Noatak, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Yukon-Charley Rivers.

The proposed wildlife restrictions directly contradict determinations made by the Alaska Board of Game to allow the activities. SCI comments emphasized the State of Alaska’s authority over the management of wildlife and hunting opportunities within the state, regardless of whether the affected lands are within National Preserves.

Safari Club International has long been an active supporter of hunting opportunities on National Preserves not only in Alaska, but throughout the country. SCI previously participated in litigation to defend the NPS’s authorization of predator hunting in the Mojave National Preserve in California and is currently involved in a lawsuit concerning off-road vehicle use and associated hunting in the Addition Lands of the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.