Animals once safe from the bullets of hunters in America’s national parks are on the brink of becoming targets under a new scheme by the Trump administration.
The NRA and hunting groups lobbied for the plan that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is currently concocting. It would give hunters access to the Sabinoso Wilderness in New Mexico, which has never been open to the public because the 16,000 acre Sabinoso Wilderness is surrounded by privately owned land that has blocked public access for generations.
However, there is now a deal on the table for the donation of 3,595 acres by the Rimrock Rose Ranch, adjacent to the Sabinoso Wilderness, that would create a veritable highway for hunters to kill wild animals on the federal land. Zinke has signaled that he will take the donation.
The Los Alamos Daily Post reported on Monday,
Zinke said, “I’m happy to announce today the Department intends to finalize the process to consider whether to accept 3,595 acres to make the Sabinoso Wilderness area accessible to hunters and all members of the public for the first time ever. Expanding access to hunting, fishing, and recreation on federal lands is one of my top priorities as Secretary.
Another plan to subject American wildlife to hunting is underway in Georgia and other states, where Zinke is pushing to open up even more protected lands.
According to the Atlanta Constitution Journal,
Under the new rules proposed by Secretary Ryan Zinke, bulls-eyes would be on rabbits and doves at the Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge…. and would also affect nine other refuges in six other states. In North Dakota, moose hunting would be opened for the first time at the Des Lacs refuge, and moose and turkey hunting would be opened at the Upper Souris refuge.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take public comments on the proposed new rules until Sept. 8 at www.regulations.gov.
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