In this week’s edition of Crosshairs, we included an Action Alert on S. 1514, the HELP for Wildlife Act introduced by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY). SCI is standing with more than 50 fishing, hunting, and habitat conservation groups to support this bipartisan wildlife legislation that promotes conservation and provides additional recreational opportunities for America's hunters and anglers.
Today, the HELP for Wildlife Act took another step toward consideration by the full Senate as it was approved in the Environment & Public Works Committee chaired by Sen. Barrasso. The 14-7 vote demonstrates a clear bipartisan win for America’s hunting heritage. Ranking Member Ben Cardin of Maryland and Democratic Senators Tom Carper of Delaware, and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois joined with all committee Republicans.
The proposal reauthorizes several important conservation programs and seeks to provide regulatory clarity for sportsmen and women. For example, the bill directs the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to reinstate rules delisting the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming wolf populations and makes those delisting rules immune from judicial review.
One of the three amendments added to the HELP for Wildlife Act by the Committee today was a provision offered by Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska to allow the importation of polar bear trophies harvested in Canada before the polar bear was listed by the FWS under the Endangered Species Act. This amendment will help SCI members and other hunters, and will create additional funding for polar bear research.
Now that the HELP for Wildlife Act has cleared the committee, it will move to the full Senate in the coming weeks or months. SCI applauds Chairman Barrasso and all the members of the Environment & Public Works Committee who supported America’s sportsmen and women. We thank Senator Sullivan for adding language to assist in the importation and conservation of polar bears. Please continue to monitor Crosshairs and other SCI publications for updates on this critical legislation.
SCI encourages all of its members to contact your Senators and tell them to support America’s hunting heritage by supporting S. 1514, the HELP for Wildlife Act.