Trump Selects Secretary of the Interior, Anti-hunters Freaking Out

It seems anti-hunting groups are not happy with Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Interior.

GreenPeace and Center for Biological Diversity are coming out again the man who will have the president ear for the next four year in matters such as the Endangered Spieces Act and management of Public Lands. And just who is the man who has got anti-hunters all worked up?

Republican State Representative Ryan Zinke of Montana
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Zinke hit it off with Trump’s oldest son, Don Jr., an avid hunter, and met personally with the president-elect on Monday in New York. He is a lifelong hunter and fisherman who prides himself on being a Teddy Roosevelt Republican.

According to the Washington Post, Zinke sports an impressive resume. “He studied geology as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon and served as a Navy SEAL from 1986 to 2008 before entering politics, campaigned for his House seat on a platform of achieving North American energy independence. He sits on the House Natural Resources Committee as well as the Armed Services Committee.”

During the Republican National Convention he quit the platform writing committee because of the inclusion of the plank that advocated the transfer of public lands.

“What I saw was a platform that was more divisive than uniting,” Zinke said at the time. “At this point, I think it’s better to show leadership.”

He has also received glowing accolades from two influential hunter and conservation groups, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership President Whit Fosburgh, whose hunters and anglers group has worked with Zinke, said in an interview that it would be “very supportive of Ryan Zinke” as a Cabinet nominee.

“He’s shown courage and commitment to public lands and conservation and [is] someone we think would be an excellent secretary of interior.” Land Tawney, president and chief executive of the Montana-based Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, described Zinke on Tuesday as “a straight shooter” who has established credibility with outdoors enthusiasts in the state.

“You wouldn’t know he’s a congressman,” Tawney said. “He really prides himself on being a Theodore Roosevelt Republican, and he lives that a little bit more than other people.” Based on who is supporting him and who opposes him, I would say this is good news for hunters and anglers. It sounds like he will be good for hunting and good for our way of life.

For the complete rundown of Rep Ryan Zinke check out the Washington Post Article HERE