In an effort to expand hunting on public lands, President Bush signed Executive Order 13443 on 16 August 2007. The directive requires Federal agencies with public land management, wildlife management, and outdoor recreation programs “facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game species and their habitat.” The order includes military bases, national forests, wildlife refuges, rangelands, and other federally managed lands.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) Executive Director Jeff Ruch stated in a press release, “This is political meddling posing as a conservation policy. The President seems to be saying you can never have too many deer and that public lands should be run as a salad bar for trophy animals, it would have made more sense to have Dick Cheney sign this executive order instead.” Ruch suggested that the federal government should look elsewhere for the reason behind declining hunting licenses.
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