Don Young Seeks Alaskan Control over Fish and Game

Submitted by Staff Reporter on 02/15/2017 - 17:37.

Alaska Congressman Don Young is working to overturn a U-S Fish and Wildlife Service 'final rule' that would seize authority from the state to manage fish and wildlife on federal wildlife refuges in Alaska .

Young's resolution would nullify a 2016 bill that he says took the power from the state and gave it to the federal government.

Young testified yesterday (TUE) before the House Rules Committee on behalf of the measure, calling it an important step to enforcing the law, and restoring Alaska's federally protected ability to manage fish and game: "We have to recognize this is not about the little polar bears and the little grizzly bears and the wolves that you're seeing on television. This is about the state's rights to manage, not allowing the federal government to do it. We want to be able to manage our fish and game so we have a sustainable yield, [so] our fish and game will be there forever."

One of those opposed to the bill, Democrat Representative Jared Polis of Colorado, had harsh words for the bill: "This bill should really be called 'the puppy killing act.' What it does is it allows inhuman methods, and cruel methods, like killing wolf pups and their mothers in and near their dens, and allows killing brown bears over bait, and scouting grizzly bears and shooting them and killing them from the air without even landing. None of those are fair chase methods -- ask any hunter."