TRUMP LIFTS BAN ON HUNTING HIBERNATING BEARS,WOLF CUBS,ALSO BRINGS BACK HELICOPTER HUNTING TO ALASKA

The state of Alaska is home to 16 U.S. national wildlife refuges and a vast variety of iconic animals — two of which are now fair game for hunters.

A joint bill from the U.S. House and Senate, signed off by President Donald Trump on Monday, revokes an Obama-era rule that bans “predator control” hunting on Alaska’s refuges.

The ban protected hibernating bears from being hunted, along with wolf cubs in dens. It also protected these animals from being targeted from helicopters.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spent years declining state officials’ attempts to extend predator-killing practices into federal wildlife refuges. To cap the requests, the government agency put forth a rule in late 2016 protecting wildlife on all Alaskan refuges from predator control.

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