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Interior to Review Rules Against Killing Bear Cubs and Wolf Pups with their Mothers

posted Sep 4, 2017, 9:46 PM by chloe owens

7/21/17, by Darryl Fears, The Washington Post

Interior to review rules against killing bear cubs and wolf pups with their mothers

The Trump administration has ordered a review of federal rules that prevent hunters from killing bears and wolves using techniques many people consider extreme: baiting the animals with greasy doughnuts, ambushing mothers with pups in dens and shooting animals from boats while the bears are swimming. An Interior Department official sent memos to the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week requesting that they reassess rules on “various prohibitions that directly contradict State of Alaska authorizations and wildlife management decisions.” Alaska severely manages predators to increase moose and caribou populations for the benefit of hunters. Bears, wolves and coyotes prey on those animals for food.