National Park Service reverses hunting ban on protected lands

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) The National Park Service announced this week that a 2015 ruling in regards to hunting on protected land will be reversed. Effective on July 9, the ban on hunting in protected areas will be lifted, a move that the Trump administration has been looking to make since 2017.

(Courtesy National Park Service)

"You know, these practices [that] will now be authorized by the state of Alaska, to occur on national preserved lands, really have never been in effect before." said Pete Christian of the National Park Service.

Some of the examples listed in the federal register included hunting of bears in their dens, sows with cubs and caribou that are swimming. Christian however says that the new ruling will be new for Alaskans, but doesn't expect it to be widespread.

"This is sort of a new thing and we don't expect this to be wide spread," said Christian. "The state tells us that when we do authorize, it will be certain areas and at certain times of the year."

The ruling goes into effect on July 9, 2020.

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