Like many others, I chose the RV Lifestyle primarily to explore America’s natural beauty, especially our national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. But the passage of H.J. Resolution 69 by the U.S. House of Representatives today (Feb. 17th), which is now headed for consideration by the U.S. Senate, is very disturbing.
In a post by the Humane Society of the United States they state: “Some members of Congress are determined to use the obscure and rarely employed Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal a rule enacted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that protects wildlife on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges from cruelty. The FWS’ rule prohibits egregious killing methods and unsustainable predator control including killing bears with leghold traps and snares, and killing black bear, wolf and coyote families in their dens.”
This rule does not stop subsistence hunting in Alaska’s wildlife refuges, but it does allow trophy killing of wildlife, including Grizzly bears and wolves. Wildlife Refuges are meant to protect wildlife, and are part of Federal lands, including for the appreciation of all Americans – that’s people like you and me, RVers and boondockers – not just for a privilleged few and their personal egos. I’m also afraid that if passed, the rule will not stop with just Alaska wildlife refuges, that it will be taken up by other states as well, maybe the ones where you enjoy boondocking and watching wildlife in their natural habitat.
The Society requests that you Take Action: “Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S Senator. Look up your senator’s phone number. You can simply say, “Please oppose Representative Don Young’s Joint Resolution 69 which would revoke the FWS rule protecting wildlife on Alaska national wildlife refuges from cruel hunting methods.”
Go to the Society’s website to find a sample message and the contact information for your senator. I urge you to not wait – do it now before bills like this do irreparable damage to our nation’s legacy wildlife.