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Alaskan official accuses Park Service of “internal agenda” after it closes hunting

Alaskan officials aren’t pleased that the National Park Service has closed sport wolf hunting and trapping  in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. 

Tim Mowry published an article on the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Web site about the National Park Service’s decision, and the local reactions to the federal entity interceding in what they feel is a state issue.

FAIRBANKS — Alaska’s Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd said Thursday he is “very disappointed” with the National Park Service’s recent hunting and trapping closures in three Interior preserves, actions the federal agency said were necessary to protect bears and wolves.

“We have authority to manage wildlife populations, and these federal closures of state general and subsistence hunting and trapping are unjustified,” Lloyd stated in a news release. “Allowing park managers to supersede state regulations based on undefined ‘values’ is an unwarranted and confrontational intrusion upon the state’s management prerogatives.”

The Park Service announced Tuesday it had closed sport hunting and trapping of wolves in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. It also prohibited the killing of black bear sows and cubs in their dens using artificial light in parts of Denali National Preserve and Gates of the Arctic National Preserve. The den hunting was recently approved by the state Board of Game in portions of the two preserves…

Read the entire article: Squabble over wolf jurisdiction continues between Alaska, National Park Service

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