On Monday, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the Center for Biological Diversity and a coalition of 25 Native American, conservation and animal welfare organizations proposed a different remedy. They asked Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to adopt regulations that withhold Pittman-Robertson dollars from states that allow hunting and trapping “at levels that compromise healthy populations of wildlife, including predators.”
The Pittman-Robertson Act taxes the sale of guns and ammunition and distributes the revenue to state wildlife agencies. This year, approximately $1 billion was funneled to state wildlife agencies. The law already requires states to maintain healthy wildlife populations to receive the money but the requirement isn’t enforced.