The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) released a poll on June 27 claiming that a supermajority of Alaskans approves of Obama-era regulations overturning state control over hunting practices.
The Department of the Interior proposed rolling back the regulations and returning the governing authority of state-wide hunting practices back to the state of Alaska. (RELATED: Trump Is Lifting Obama-Era Regs Off Alaska Hunters)
The HSUS poll was conducted by Remington Research Group and asked questions referencing specific methods of hunting animals such as “killing sleeping black bears (including mothers with dependent cubs) in the den with the aid of artificial lights such as flashlights” and “the killing of swimming caribou.”
“Alaskans and the majority of Americans oppose the killing of brown bears, black bears, wolves and other species using unthinkably inhumane and unsporting practices on National Preserves in Alaska,” HSUS vice president of wildlife Nicole Paquette said in a statement. “Overturning the National Park Service’s 2015 rule is simply and purely motivated by trophy-hunting special-interest groups.”
Critics and hunting advocates called the HSUS poll “anti-hunting propaganda” that mischaracterizes trophy hunters. The hunting methods described in the poll are largely carried out by native Alaskans and subsistence hunters killing animals to live off of, according to the gun rights and trophy hunting advocacy group Safari Club International (SFI).
“It is the biologists — who spend their careers studying how to manage and conserve Alaska’s predator and prey wildlife populations — who should be the ones who decide how Alaska’s wildlife should be managed – and not individuals who do not have all the facts, who were the likely participants in the HSUS-funded poll,” SCI President Paul Babaz said in a statement Monday.
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