President Donald Trump overturned another Obama-era regulation Monday, handing control of hunting regulations in Alaska over to state officials, The Hill reported.
The restrictions were instituted in 2016 by the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect predator species like bears and foxes from hunters and included a ban on the aerial hunting, live trapping or baiting of such predators on federally protected national preserves in Alaska. It also prohibited the killing of those predators while near their dens or their cubs.
Many Alaskans considered the regulations federal overreach and in January filed a lawsuit contending the rules would have an adverse effect on the ecosystem and citizens of the state.
"From the beginning, I said I would do everything in my power to overturn this illegal jurisdictional power grab by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said in early February after he helped introduce resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act.
"Today, we're one step closer to delivering on that commitment and eliminating a wrongful seizure of Alaska's fish and wildlife management authority. I'm thankful to all those that played a role in moving this important resolution of disapproval, including that countless state and local stakeholders that worked with me to fight a very serious and alarming overreach by the Executive Branch. I look forward to seeing the swift consideration of H.J. Res. 69 in the Senate."
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