Donald Trump Jr granted permit to hunt Alaska grizzly bear

Donald Trump Jr granted permit to hunt Alaska grizzly bear



Donald Jr has been granted the right to hunt a in north-western Alaska near the Bering Sea town of Nome, a state official says.

The son of US president Donald was one of three people who applied for 27 spots for non-resident targeting grizzlies in a designated region of north-western Alaska’s Seward Peninsula, said Eddie Grasser, the wildlife conservation director for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Donald Jr, pictured with congressman Steve King after a pheasant hunt in Iowa in 2017, has been granted a permit to hunt a in Alaska. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The state conducts periodic drawings for permits to hunt bears, caribou, moose and other animals in various regions.

Winners are chosen by a lottery, and there are typically many more applications than tags awarded.

“We get thousands of applications,” Grasser said on Friday. Whether anyone won came down to “pure chance, luck of the draw”.

But in the case of the bear-hunt permit the president’s son won, there was little competition. Twenty-four tags for bears in that region went unclaimed, Grasser said.

Winners of the state’s latest -permit drawings were announced on Friday.

To follow through with the Nome-area bear hunt, Trump had to pay a $1,000 non-resident tag fee and buy a $160 non-resident license, Grasser said.

The president’s eldest son is an avid hunter and has made several trips to hunt in Alaska and Canada. He is scheduled to go to Alaska later this year to hunt deer and ducks.

The Safari Club this month raffled off a $150,000 seven-day “dream hunt” expedition with Trump Jr. The raffle winner got the right to accompany the president’s son on a yacht traveling in November along coastal areas of the Tongass National Forest.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 22 February 2020.


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