Trump Admin Makes It Easier To Kill Bear Cubs, Wolf Pups In Alaska

Sarah Shaiman

The Obama era ban reversal will throw of Alaska's natural ecology by removing predators, conservationists say.

In a month, the Trump administration is ending a five-year old ban on certain hunting practices that include baiting hibernating bears and "using artificial light such as headlamps to scurry into wolf dens to slaughter mothers and their pups," according to a Washington Post report

  • Hunters argued that the 2015 Obama administration ban infringed upon native hunting practices in the state of Alaska.
  • However, conservationists have called the removal of the ban inhumane. The president of the National Parks Conservation Association Theresa Pierno said, “Shooting hibernating mama and baby bears is not the conservation legacy that our national parks are meant to preserve and no way to treat or manage park wildlife.”
  • Conservationists say reducing the predator population throws the natural ecology out of balance.
  • The National Park Service says the ban conflicted with federal and state laws.
  • National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela said the federal government will defer to Alaska on the matter.

“The amended rule will support the Department’s interest in advancing wildlife conservation goals and objectives, and in ensuring the state of Alaska’s proper management of hunting and trapping in our national preserves, as specified in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act,” Vela said.

Alaska lawmakers praised the decision, which Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said protected states’ rights.

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