NPCA's Park Advocate » hunting News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:47:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Fisher Kingdom Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:58:19 +0000 The Pacific fisher once roamed the forests of the northwestern United States, building dens and raising kits among the old-growth forests of the Cascade Mountains. Now, after decades of trapping and logging, the animals are all but gone from Washington State. Last month, the Park Service proposed a new program to bring more of these […]]]> 1 Two Historic Sites to Host 100-Year Anniversary Production of Influential Bird-Conservation Play Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:24:23 +0000 This weekend, art and wildlife conservation meet in New England at two historic re-enactments of Sanctuary: A Masque, an influential 1913 play that helped protect wild birds in America. A hundred years ago, entire bird species were threatened by hunting, due to the steady demand for feathers in hats and other products. In response to widespread […]]]> 0 Is Your Representative a Friend of the National Parks? Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:33:24 +0000 Does anything ever get done in Washington, D.C.? The news constantly portrays Capitol Hill as a deadlocked and rancorous place where good ideas get shot down in a seemingly endless cycle of partisan wrangling. It’s true that members of Congress are frequently at odds on controversial bills, and I don’t expect that to change anytime […]]]> 0 NPCA Petitions Park Service to Safeguard Park Wolves in Wyoming Wed, 22 May 2013 13:07:28 +0000 Last September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) approved a plan to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species List in Wyoming. This controversial delisting could someday allow state-run wolf hunting within the John D. Rockefeller Parkway, a 24,000-acre national park site that connects Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. National parks are created […]]]> 0 Unsportsmanlike Conduct Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:45:56 +0000 I get a real sense of accomplishment when the Park Service takes action on an issue we’ve been pushing for years. In early April, the agency renewed temporary regulations to keep hunters from killing black bear cubs and sows with cubs with spotlights at their den sites in Gates of the Arctic and Denali National […]]]> 0 Death of Alpha Wolf Sparks Renewed Concern over Hunting near Yellowstone Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:42:11 +0000 She was graceful and photogenic. She was a good mother. She was widely admired for her strength and beauty. But earlier this month, a hunter killed one of Yellowstone’s most famous canines just 15 miles outside the park boundary in Wyoming—the gray wolf that led the Lamar Canyon Pack in the northeast region of the […]]]> 14 Wolves under Fire in Wyoming Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:20:02 +0000 This month has been a sad one for Wyoming’s wolves. On October 1, the federal government removed wolves from the protection of the Endangered Species Act, allowing the state to permit hunting of these animals, despite glaring deficiencies in Wyoming’s wolf management plan. Even worse, the state included national park lands (namely, the John D. […]]]> 6 Getting Close to Katmai’s Bears in the Hopes of Protecting Them Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:14:00 +0000 I recently captured the true essence of seeing brown bears up very close and personal in the wild with my camera at Katmai National Park and Preserve. Joined by three colleagues and our passionate guide and partner in bear conservation, Dave Bachrach from AK Adventures, we departed from the coastal town of Homer via float […]]]> 1 National Parks Under Threat Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:03:56 +0000 Update, June 19, 2012: The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act amendments discussed in this article are officially no longer part of the Farm Bill package the Senate is expected to vote on today. Thanks to all who took action to stop these harmful amendments–this news is a big victory for national parks. In Congress, lawmakers will often take a […]]]> 2 Prevent Wolf Hunting in Wyoming’s National Parks Tue, 15 May 2012 13:25:18 +0000 The gray wolf has made a stunning comeback in the northern Rockies. In the late 1920s, wolves had been completely eradicated from western Wyoming as well as the rest of the lower 48 states. Conservationists reintroduced wolves to the region in the 1990s, successfully restoring new populations to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as the John D. […]]]> 15