President Trump has already repealed a federal rule that bans scouting and shooting bears from airplanes in national wildlife "refuges." Now, according to a July 14 Interior Department memo, he wants to ease hunting rules on national preserves in Alaska so hunters can kill more bears in other unsportsmanlike ways. These tactics include killing mama black bears with cubs nearby (and their cubs), luring brown bears with human food bait, like doughnuts, and shooting bears in their dens. The National Parks and Conservation Association obtained the memo from an Interior official who says she’s ordering the National Park Service to consider repealing a 2015 rule that protects bears, wolves, and other predators from such hunting practices. The park conservation group’s assessment of this latest assault on wildlife by the Trump administration? "Shameful."
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Expert BlogNora Apter
Republicans in Congress just did the unthinkable.