Feds Push Back at AK Game Board over Predator Control

AK Dispatch- Federal wildlife managers and the Alaska Board of Game are at odds again, this time over a proposed new rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would limit predator control in national wildlife refuges.

The draft rule, published in the Federal Register on Friday, aligns with a similar National Park Service rule that was finalized in October, banning practices like bear baiting, and would formally establish a goal of biodiversity as the guiding principle of federal management of wildlife refuges.

That stands in contrast to the goal of the Game Board, which is to ensure maximum sustained populations for hunting. And it extends the provisions over a far greater area than the Park Service rule, since there are nearly 77 million acres of wildlife refuges across the state.