Trump Administration Ends Ban On Hunting Bears And Cubs In Alaska

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Due to The Trump administration overturning the Obama-era rule, hunters in Alaska will be able to bait bears with food and blind them with bright lights before slaying them.

Hunting practices that were decried by wildlife protectors for years were finally banned as barbaric by the Obama administration and will be legal again on millions of acres of the Alaskan wilderness.

The Trump administration overturned the Obama-era rule ban on controversial hunting practices on preserves that barred hunters in Alaska national preserves from enticing, baiting bears with doughnuts. Also, using spotlights to blind and shoot hibernating black bear mothers and cubs in their dens. Gunning down swimming caribou from motorboats. 

According to Reuters, the new National Park Service Rule, which will be effective in July 2020.

Wildlife, environmental, and animal rights protection groups condemned the rule as allowing inhumane trophy hunting of black and brown wild bears.

According to the New York Times, in 2017, Mr. Trump condemned trophy hunting as a “horror show.” Yet in the years since his administration, he reversed Obama-era restrictions on the import of lion and elephant trophies from a few African countries.

The Obama administration banned all those practices in National Parks. 

David Vela, acting National Park Service Director, said the new regulations support the (Interior) Department’s interest in advancing wildlife conservation objectives and goals and ensuring that the state of Alaska’s proper management of trapping and hunting in our national preserves. Yet, President Theresa Pierno, National Parks Conservation Association, said the new regulations would harm the bears and other wildlife. It would also deprive visitors seeing some of these animals in the wild.

President of Defenders of Wildlife, Jamie Rappaport Clark, said in a written statement, “The Trump 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.” 

From Eddie Grasser’s perspective, who is the director of wildlife management for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, “the Park Service was infringing on our territory.” Also, adding that some of the hunting practices not allowed now in the national preserves are part of indigenous culture, which is used by only a small number of people in a few places, and mainly by subsistence hunters.

Most of the towns and villages are not connected as you have to fly in and fly out. Living off the land is a significant part of the rural Alaska lifestyle. The usual hunters in the state don’t hunt that way, and nor do incoming residents. Therefore, those methods that people are upset about, and he understands why he understands the misconception, they are primarily methods that are used by subsistence users in the state of Alaska.

Alaska state leaders and Hunting advocates opposed the Obama-era restrictions as an infringement on the states’ rights and livelihoods. 

Republican, Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska, accused the previous administration of leading an ‘attack on our unique game management authority’ protected under federal and state law.

The Obama-era rule restricted practices on more than 20 million acres of Alaskan federal land.

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