Trump administration ends ban on killing Alaska bear cubs, wolf pups

Trump administration ends ban on killing Alaska bear cubs, wolf pups

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The on Tuesday overturned an Obama-era rule that barred in Alaska national preserves from baiting bear traps or killing denning bear cubs and wolf pups or other practices that have been condemned by environmental and wildlife protection groups.

Under the new National Park Service rule, effective July 9, on natural preserves in Alaska will be controlled by the state, which allows baiting of brown and black bears; hunting of denning black bears with artificial light, killing of denning and coyotes, hunting of swimming caribou and hunting of caribou from motorboats.

The had banned all those practices in National Parks.

The change stems from 2017 orders issued by then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to provide greater recreational access for hunting and fishing in Alaksa, National Park Service spokesman Peter Christian said, acknowledging that the rule-change was unpopular.

“I would say the vast majority of people did believe this was a controversial move and were almost entirely opposed to us lifting the ban,” he said.

“The administration has shockingly reached a new low in its treatment of wildlife. Allowing the killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens is barbaric and inhumane. The proposed regulations cast aside a primary purpose of national preserves to conserve wildlife and wild places,” Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife, said in a written statement.

State officials said the Obama-era rule was wrongheaded.

“From our perspective, the Park Service was infringing on our territory,” said Eddie Grasser, director of wildlife management for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, adding that some of the hunting practices now allowed in national preserves are part of indigenous culture.

Those practices are used by only a small number of people in a few places, Grasser said.

Another pending Trump administration rule, expected to be released on Wednesday, would overturn similar restrictions in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

This article was first published by Reuters on 9 June 2020. Lead Image: catches salmon in Katmai National Park in Alaska, U.S., July 31, 2019 in this still image obtained from a social media video.

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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

Once again, the brain-dead, ignorant, stupid POS (Trump) has granted free-rein to his gun-toting, trigger-happy, heartless, gutless, soul-less animal killer friends, the hunters. The only GOOD hunter is a DEAD hunter, they are the scourge on this planet, they are slowly but surely destroying all our wildlife and the planet – OUR ONLY HOME. Shame on those cruel, brutal hunters who’s only purpose is to satisfy their perverted taste for animal killing.

Alison Moanique

the uncaring fake president strikes again!

Gloria Gehring


Wesley Sisson

So stupid

Deborah Percival

As a gift to little Eric no doubt.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Tyranny of the heartless ignoranus

Steve Sirak

For indigenous people

Steve Sirak

Come on really