If one day you stumbled upon a bear’s den as you meandered about a wildlife refuge, it is now legal for you to slaughter the mother and cubs in the den.
The U.S. House of Representatives just voted to overturn the “Fair Chase rule,” a rule put in place by the Obama administration.
The rule limits a number of activities on wildlife refuges, including baiting, trapping, and the hunting of bears and wolves specifically on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land in Alaska.
The National Rifle Association was behind the push to put bear cubs in the crosshairs of Alaskan hunters.
The kicker here is that the Obama rule doesn’t stop hunting on these refuges. “subsistence hunting” is perfectly legal, and even “predator control” if it’s based on science.
But I guess to the NRA and House Republicans, any restriction on what you can shoot with a gun should be off the table. Remember this next time you vote.
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