Reprinted with permission from DCreport.org
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has taken aim at iconic animals like the bald eagle and the elephant with his policies andpressured subordinates at Glacier National Park in Montana to reopen the park’s lakes to motorized boats after invasive zebra mussels were found in the state.
Zinke, who grew up in Whitefish, Mont., likes to talk about how hunters and people who fish help conservation. As Montana’s representative in the U.S. House, he received $79,068 from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Associationduring the 2016 election cycle, second only in the House to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
On Zinke’s first day in office, he signed an order overturning a ban on using lead ammunition and fishing sinkers on federal wildlife refuges that was meant to help prevent animals from being poisoned by lead left on the ground or in the water.…