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Manchin to feds: Leave hunting, fishing alone!

Former West Virginia governor and current U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has put the National Park Service on notice.

In a letter to NPS director Jon Jarvis, Manchin asked that federal officials put in writing that the proposed High Allegheny National Park and Preserve continue to allow hunting and trapping within its boundaries. Manchin also demanded that stockings of non-native rainbow and brown trout be allowed to continue, that small timber cuts be allowed to create wildlife clearings, and that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources remain the agency primarily responsible for fish and wildlife management on park grounds.

Manchin said in the letter he was less than pleased with answers he’d received from Park Service officials when he started asking questions about those issues. He added that he would pull his support for the park if his and his constituents’ hunting-, fishing- and trapping-related requests weren’t met.

The text of the letter can be found here.

Hat tip: Chris Lawrence at West Virginia MetroNews.



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