SCI Critical of National Park Service Non-Compliance

fireislandnationalseashoreDespite Congressional directives to the National Park Service to open many NPS units to hunting, they often have failed to comply. In one example, Congress adopted legislation that directed the NPS to permit hunting on Fire Island National Seashore in New York. For over 2 decades the National Park Service has ignored this Congressional directive and has not permitted deer hunting within the Seashore’s boundaries. Without the population management hunting provides, the area’s deer population has risen to levels that now threaten native plants as well as humans and the deer themselves. In response, NPS recently published a deer management plan that included regulated hunts in limited areas of the Seashore. SCI submitted comments supporting the hunt, but criticized the NPS for waiting until population levels became a crisis situation before opening portions of the Seashore to hunting. SCI’s comments encourage the National Park Service to view regulated hunts as valuable management tools that should be utilized wherever authorized in all NPS units.

 

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