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STOP Proposal to Expand Hunting in Wildlife Refuges ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

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- 1689 days ago -
On September 26th 2013, just in time for "National Hunting and Fishing Day," Sally Jewell, our new (and allegedly improved) Secretary of the Interior announced a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to expand hunting opportunities

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Cher C (1429)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 3:28 pm

Your written comments about the 2013-2014 proposed Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations can be submitted by one of the following methods:

Submit comments online!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-NWRS-2013-0074

U.S. mail or hand-delivery:
Public Comments Processing
Attn: [FWS-HQ-NWRS-2013-0074]
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive
MS 2042–PDM
Arlington, VA 22203

Sally Jewell
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950


Cher C (1429)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 3:28 pm

Comments must be received within 30 days, on or before October 24, 2013. The Service will post all comments on The Service is not able to accept email or faxes.


Roseann d (178)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 3:47 pm
Refuge SHOULD mean REFUGE from MAN!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:08 pm
Thank you! (c p, n, p, t)

Pat B (356)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:33 pm
TY, Cher for this.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:41 pm
Again, Thanks, Cher.
Your Comment Tracking Number: 1jx-881z-tdyi

Tamara H (185)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 6:06 pm
Noted, comment below sent, twittered, fb and google shared. Thanks for Chering.

I feel that we need to revisit just exactly what the term "wildlife refuge" actually means.

"A National Wildlife Refuge is a designation for certain protected areas of the United States managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge System is the system of public lands and waters set aside to CONSERVE America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to over 560 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 38 wetland management districts encompassing more than 150,000,000 acres."

In case that was too vague, here is another definition of same:
wildlife refuge

"Protected area for animals: a protected area set aside to preserve the habitats of some types of wild animals, especially migratory waterfowl, and in which people are allowed to VIEW wildlife in a natural setting."

Nowhere, in these two definitions does it say that these areas are set aside for humans to HUNT or FISH wildlife. These are supposed to be areas where animals can feel safe from those exact proposed activities.

Humanity has taken over nearly every place that animals need to live and thrive. We have brought their numbers down to the endangered level for thousands upon thousands of species. I think it would be a crime to expand any more into these refuges and wildlife parks. They don't have anywhere else to go. And to say that these proposed expansions are in the interests of creating a "new generation of conservationists" is an insult to the intelligence of the American public.

There is so little land left in today’s world where wildlife can breathe easy, free from the constant fear that every human they see might be intent upon shooting them or taking the lives of their herd-, pack- or flock-mates. Studies have shown that animals suffer from the stress of hunting season in the same way that people during wartime suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Yet, hunting is permitted on over 330 wildlife “refuges.”

According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, published every five years by the USFWS, more than 90 million Americans, or 41 percent of the United States’ population age 16 and older, pursued wildlife-related recreation in 2011. Nearly 72 million people observed wildlife, 33 million fished, while 13 million hunted. In other words, while 80% of the total number of Americans who pursue “wildlife-related recreation” do so in a peaceful, non-consumptive, appreciative and respectful manner, only 14% hunt. And yet the rules are made—and everyone else is affected—by those who feel compelled to hunt down and kill our wildlife.

Hunting is not compatible with the quiet enjoyment of our nation’s wildlife refuges. It’s hard to watch birds while someone’s busily blasting at them.

Barbara K (60)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7:17 pm
Done, thanks, my friend

Barbara K (60)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7:19 pm
There should be NO hunting in refuges, they are there to protect the wildlife. It is not necessary to kill our wildlife, we need to let the future generations enjoy them. Stop killing them.

cynthia l (207)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 8:28 pm
No hunting in refuges period. Letter being sent

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 12:39 am
Commented. This is unacceptable! Thanks Cher!

Animae C (515)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 2:05 am
Email sent to

. (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 2:56 am
Notée, partagée

Danuta Watola (1249)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 3:06 am

Daniel Partlow (179)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 6:33 am
Comments sent. Your Comment Tracking Number: 1jx-882d-m2fc

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 6:56 am
Please stop being cruel to God's creation!

Constance F (418)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 8:43 am
Yes, thank you for posting ~ written, sent and shared
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Proposed Rule: Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations

Your Comment Tracking Number: 1jx-882f-6yot


kate K (481)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 10:14 am
Noted thanks for that Cher

Sara P (57)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 10:43 am
Tamara?? May I use your letter? My english is not good enough and when I've to send something writting by me I'm in trouble!!! Please contact me and only tell me if yes or not. Thank you!

S S (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 1:09 pm
Thank you.

Malgorzata Zmuda (198)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 1:15 pm

Jane H (139)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 2:04 pm
done. " I thought refuge meant a safe place for wild life. Apparently, it is not."

Jeanne Rogers (1203)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 3:16 pm
Hunting? In an animal refuge? Don't these poor animals have any safe place from men? Please! Give them a break!!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 3:20 pm
will not accept my comment

There should be no hunting on wildlife refuges Too many animals are now being hunted till they are endangered and too much stress is caused to the animals in hunting seasons Culling when necessary to control populations by one single body is different than hunters being allowed for sport and recreation at any time in to parks killing anything is wrong

S J (130)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 3:20 pm
Noted, thanks Cher

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 3:21 pm
tried again has accepted now thank goodness

. (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 3:39 pm
will be taken care of-thanks

paula eaton (30)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 4:18 pm
Signed. Sadly Ms Jewell is the same as Salazar.

Elizabeth Reynolds (60)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 4:55 pm
Sent comment, noted and shared, I love your letter Tamara!!! it is absolutely ridiculous that a 'refuge' aka SAFE PLACE would be opened up for sport. Humans do not need to hunt for food. I understand fishing and hunting seasons for game that no longer have natural predators (because we wiped them all out) but this is deplorable. The United States needs to learn that lots of animals thriving is NOT A BAD THING! We do not own the soil and the trees!

Sherri G (128)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 11:30 pm
Noted TY Cher
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