Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sign the petition: Don't let hunters bait bears with donuts and bacon

If these limits are rolled back, some of the most cruel means of hunting and trapping of bears, wolves, coyotes, and other animals could be allowed in National Park Service preserves.

Dear MoveOn member,

The U.S. Department of the Interior has proposed overturning a ban put into place by President Obama that rightly blocked egregious and cruel methods of killing wildlife on Alaskan National Park preserves, including killing hibernating bear cubs and wolf pups in dens.1 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pushing for the reversal of prohibitions put into place under the Obama administration. If these limits are rolled back, some of the most cruel means of hunting and trapping of bears, wolves, coyotes, and other animals could be allowed on National Park Service preserves. Tell the Department of the Interior it needs to keep these prohibitions in place.

These are among the unethical and offensive methods of wildlife killing that the Department of the Interior has proposed be allowed:

  • The use of donuts, bacon, and other baits to attract bears to be shot
  • The hunting of bears with dogs
  • Killing of wolves and their pups in their dens
  • Using blindingly bright spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens2

These methods of killing wildlife are antithetical to fair chase hunting and have no place on National Park Service lands. National Park Service preserves in other states prohibit these methods, and there is no rational purpose for allowing them in Alaska.

There is a 60-day public comment period open on this rule, and we are using this petition as a means to call for the protection of these precious animals. We will pass along your comments as part of the comment period to the National Park Service.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends who care about protecting wildlife.


–Mitch Merry, Endangered Species Coalition


1. "Proposed Trump administration rule would roll back protections on Alaskan bear cubs, coyote pups," The Hill, May 21, 2018

2. "Interior Dept. moves to allow Alaska bear hunting with doughnuts, bacon," NBC News, May 22, 2018

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