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Softening hunting rules in Alaska national preserves will not hurt species populations, USNPS says

National Park Service staff, who have been asked to relax sport hunting regulations for wolves and bears in national preserves in Alaska, are relying on the state of Alaska's position that increased hunting of the predators will not have an overall impact on their populations. But the regulatory changes likely would reduce opportunities for wildlife viewing and degrade wilderness character in the preserves, the Park Service adds in an assessment of the rule changes.

According to an environmental assessment (attached below) released Thursday for public comment, "increased hunting of predator species neither reduces predator populations nor increases prey populations."


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