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FEDERAL BILL WOULD ALLOW HUNTING ON ALMOST ALL OF OUR U.S. PUBLIC LANDS


OUTCOME: Won! HR 4089 dies in the Senate!

Although, HR 4089, the so-called "Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012," passed the U. S. House of Representatives in 2012, it died a quiet death in the Senate as the legislative session came to a close. HR 4089 was a highly controversial bill that combined several hunting proposals into one package claiming hunting is a beneficial activity which can occur on Federal public lands (including wilderness areas and wildlife refuges) without "adverse effects on other uses or users." We are glad to see this bill die.

ORIGINAL ALERT

On April 17, 2012, H. R. 4089, the so-called "Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012," passed the U. S. House of Representatives pretty much along party lines by the Republican Party. H. R. 4089 is a highly controversial bill which combines several hunting proposals into one package and claims that hunting is a beneficial activity which can occur on Federal public lands (including wilderness areas and wildlife refuges) without "adverse effects on other uses or users."

H. R. 4089 seeks to:

  • indulge a small group of wealthy trophy hunters who want to import polar bear trophies from Canada in defiance of current law;
  • mandate that federal agencies open nearly all federal public lands to hunting without regard to the impact on people, wildlife and ecosystems; and
  • strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to protect habitat, animals, and people from lead poisoning through toxic ammunition exposure.
Click here to read the HR4089 legislation.

National Parks, Federal Forests, and Wilderness areas are the last place of refuge for our remaining wildlife. Predators — slow to reproduce, valued as trophies, and few in number — are most at risk.

Today we know that we can be relatively safe from stray gunfire in a National Park when we hike, camp, swim or enjoy wildlife. Not so, under this proposed law.

Only 5% of Americans are hunters. (See our feature article, Who Owns the Wildlife.)

This law shoots down the protections that were envisioned in the creation of our national parks, wilderness areas and refuges. It is appalling that it has passed the House. Please lend your voice to the outcry against H.R. 4089!




Photo of mountain lion in snow.

Take Action by Phoning Your Senators

Please make a brief, polite phone call to both of your U.S. Senators, urging opposition to H.R. 4089.

You can say: "H.R. 4089 just passed the House, and I want you to know that I strongly oppose this legislation that would allow hunting on Federal lands, including National Parks, and would put people and wildlife at serious risk."

Clickable Map with Senators by State.


About the Mountain Lion Foundation.

The Mountain Lion Foundation, founded in 1986, is a national nonprofit organization protecting mountain lions and their habitat. The mountain lion is also known as cougar, puma, panther, and catamount.

We believe that mountain lions are in peril. Our nation is on the verge of destroying this apex species upon which whole ecosystems depend. Hunting mountain lions is morally unjustified, and killing lions to prevent conflicts is ineffective and dangerous. There is a critical need to know more about the biology, behavior, and ecology of mountain lions, and governments should base decisions upon truthful science, valid data, and the highest common good. Conserving critical lion habitat is essential.

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