- New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rode a horse to work on his first day
- Zinke, a former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL veteran, riding a horse in jeans and a hat with two U.S. Park Police officers
- His first order was to reversing a last-minute action by the Obama administration to ban lead ammunition and fish tackle used on national wildlife refuges
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrived on horseback for his first day of work Thursday.
The morning after his swearing-in ceremony, the former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL joined the U.S. Park Police at their stables on the National Mall.
He rode a 17-year-old Irish sport horse named Tonto through downtown Washington to the Interior Department’s headquarters. Nine park police also on horseback accompanied him.
‘Secretary Zinke was proud to accept an invitation by the U.S. Park Police to stand shoulder to shoulder with their officers on his first day at Interior,’ said Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift.
On his first full day in office, Zinke issued an order Thursday reversing a last-minute action by the Obama administration to ban lead ammunition and fish tackle used on national wildlife refuges.
Gun-rights supporters condemned the earlier order – issued a day before Obama left office January 20 – as nakedly political. The order was intended to protect birds from lead poisoning, the Obama administration said.
Zinke, a former Montana congressman and avid hunter, said the new order would increase hunting, fishing and recreation opportunities on lands managed by Fish and Wildlife Service.
The order reverses a decision by the Obama administration to phase out use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on wildlife refuges by 2022.
Zinke said the hunting order and another order directing agencies to identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded were intended to boost outdoor recreation in all its forms.Via: Daily Mail Online