Hunting bans approved in Mojave.

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MOJAVE HUNTING BAN -- matthews column 10oct

Hunting bans approved in Mojave.

It is discrimination, plain and simple. The National Park Service is moving ahead with its prejudicial plan to ban certain types of hunting, and all hunting seven month of the year, in the East Mojave National Preserve. In spite of a huge outcry from hunters throughout the region and after detailed comments provided by the Department of Fish and Game explaining how the NPS staff was operating outside state and federal agency rules, and the law that created the preserve, the land management plan for the Mojave National Preserve was signed by the regional director and preserve staff.

The final document would outlaw the hunting of all predators and non-game animals, end target shooting and plinking, and close the park to hunting seven months of the year to eliminate potential conflicts with other users. All of those uses are being disallowed without any biological justification, but plenty of bias. Hunters are being singled out as “interfering” with the other park users and being banned more than half the year. While it is far more likely that other users would interfere with hunters, non-hunting visitors aren’t excluded during the hunting seasons. This, friends, is discrimination. Discrimination against a group -- hunters -- that was specifically allowed in the legislation that created the preserve.

The NPS’ final document did change rules that would have banned the hunting of small game (cottontails and jackrabbits), and it rescinded most of its moronic “safety” closures around roads, trail, campgrounds and other facilities, closures that were often up to a mile in scope. It did, however, keep the one-mile, no-shooting buffer around Kelso Depot for reasons that mystify everyone involved with the process. “We’re adamantly opposed to this (final plan),” said Darrell Wong, a DFG biologist who has been coordinating the DFG’s effort to get the park service to maintain all hunting opportunities in the Mojave. “Curt Taucher (DFG regional manager) keeps telling us that he’s going to the mat over this issue. We want to maintain the hunting opportunities that are there.”

So the battle is far from over.

Wong said the park service must take their proposed closures to the Fish and Game Commission before the state regulations will reflect any changes in the region, and the DFG is going to recommend that none of them be approved because they are outside sound management and outside of the scope of the legislation that authorized the creation of the preserve. “However, failing to get what they want from the commission, we are told they have a federal process they can go through to bypass the state,” said Wong. That will set the stage for the DFG to sue over this issue, and it looks like the DFG is willing to fight for hunters’ rights over this issue.

The tragic part of this equation is that the preserve is setting itself up for a lawsuit with the state over an issue that shows park service’s bias against hunting. The enabling legislation -- the Desert Protection Act -- clearly states that hunting will be allowed in accordance with state hunting seasons and regulations in the East Mojave. Not at the whim of the preserve staff, simply because they don’t like coyote hunting. Now the NPS staff is going to waste public money on legal fees that could have been used to do resource work and improve facilities at the preserve.

This prejudicial and ignorant agenda needs to end. The staff responsible for this needs to be fired, or at the very least demoted and transferred. Call your federal legislators and ask why prejudice is allowed to be so deeply rooted in the National Park Service. Ask how the NPS staff can get away with writing and adopting documents that violate the law, the Desert Protection Act. Call today.
 



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MOJAVE HUNTING BAN -- matthews column 10oct

Hunting bans approved in Mojave.

It is discrimination, plain and simple. The National Park Service is moving ahead with its prejudicial plan to ban certain types of hunting, and all hunting seven month of the year, in the East Mojave National Preserve. In spite of a huge outcry from hunters throughout the region and after detailed comments provided by the Department of Fish and Game explaining how the NPS staff was operating outside state and federal agency rules, and the law that created the preserve, the land management plan for the Mojave National Preserve was signed by the regional director and preserve staff.

The final document would outlaw the hunting of all predators and non-game animals, end target shooting and plinking, and close the park to hunting seven months of the year to eliminate potential conflicts with other users. All of those uses are being disallowed without any biological justification, but plenty of bias. Hunters are being singled out as “interfering” with the other park users and being banned more than half the year. While it is far more likely that other users would interfere with hunters, non-hunting visitors aren’t excluded during the hunting seasons. This, friends, is discrimination. Discrimination against a group -- hunters -- that was specifically allowed in the legislation that created the preserve.

The NPS’ final document did change rules that would have banned the hunting of small game (cottontails and jackrabbits), and it rescinded most of its moronic “safety” closures around roads, trail, campgrounds and other facilities, closures that were often up to a mile in scope. It did, however, keep the one-mile, no-shooting buffer around Kelso Depot for reasons that mystify everyone involved with the process. “We’re adamantly opposed to this (final plan),” said Darrell Wong, a DFG biologist who has been coordinating the DFG’s effort to get the park service to maintain all hunting opportunities in the Mojave. “Curt Taucher (DFG regional manager) keeps telling us that he’s going to the mat over this issue. We want to maintain the hunting opportunities that are there.”

So the battle is far from over.

Wong said the park service must take their proposed closures to the Fish and Game Commission before the state regulations will reflect any changes in the region, and the DFG is going to recommend that none of them be approved because they are outside sound management and outside of the scope of the legislation that authorized the creation of the preserve. “However, failing to get what they want from the commission, we are told they have a federal process they can go through to bypass the state,” said Wong. That will set the stage for the DFG to sue over this issue, and it looks like the DFG is willing to fight for hunters’ rights over this issue.

The tragic part of this equation is that the preserve is setting itself up for a lawsuit with the state over an issue that shows park service’s bias against hunting. The enabling legislation -- the Desert Protection Act -- clearly states that hunting will be allowed in accordance with state hunting seasons and regulations in the East Mojave. Not at the whim of the preserve staff, simply because they don’t like coyote hunting. Now the NPS staff is going to waste public money on legal fees that could have been used to do resource work and improve facilities at the preserve.

This prejudicial and ignorant agenda needs to end. The staff responsible for this needs to be fired, or at the very least demoted and transferred. Call your federal legislators and ask why prejudice is allowed to be so deeply rooted in the National Park Service. Ask how the NPS staff can get away with writing and adopting documents that violate the law, the Desert Protection Act. Call today.
 

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DFG may sue them over it . I for one hope they do !!

Gordon
 

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spectr17 are there any phone numbers for specific legislators or should we just goto our own local person.
 


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