Interior Department proposes allowing hunters to bait Alaskan bears

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The proposal from the National Park Service, published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, took issue with protections for black bears, “including cubs and sows with cubs,” as well as wolves and coyotes, including their pups, from “harvest practices that are otherwise permitted by the State of Alaska.”

The 2015 rule now targeted by the National Park Service also prohibited using dogs to hunt black bears and using motorboats to hunt swimming caribou.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke came into office moving to expand public hunting ground from day one and issued directives last year aimed at fishing and hunting guidelines from the department.

The park service, in its proposal Tuesday, cited two of Zinke’s orders, one calling on the agency to increase access to public lands for hunting and another that the park service said called on it to work with state partners, like Alaska.

“The purpose of this proposed

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