NPR Proposed to Lift the Ban of Bear Cubs’ Shooting in Alaska
ALASKA — May 24, 2018
The National Park Service (NPR) proposed to amend its regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national forests in Alaska. The new rule would remove a regulatory provision issued by NPR in 2015 that prohibited certain sport hunting practices that are otherwise permitted by the State of Alaska, such as the shooting of bear cubs.
In 2005 Alaska allowed the use of bait to lure bears for the first time so as to boost populations of large animals, which are preyed on by the bears. During Obama’s presidency, in 2015 such activity was prohibited in national preserves in Alaska. The new proposed plan would lift restrictions and would once again allow taking any black bear, including cubs and sows with cubs, with artificial light at den sites. In addition, it would also permit the use of bait to lure bears, the trapping of wolves and their pups inside their dens, as well as using motorboats to hunt swimming caribou.
Today is the last day for the public to comment on the plan.