Hunters throughout Alaska are now able to shoot bears that are in hibernation, and use various forms of aircrafts to search and track targets, since Trump repealed the Obama era protection laws for wildlife.
Alaska is the home of 16 United States wildlife refuges, occupying 76 million land acres.
Under previous laws, hunters had been prohibited from tactics that were overly aggressive, like shooting and trapping wolves as they were inside their dens with their cubs, spotting bears from flying aircrafts, killing bears that are hibernating, trapping them with wired snares, and luring them back with food items to get an easy kill.
The new bill regarding hunting in Alaska has now passed through Senate and the White House, and h ad been official signed by the US president last week.
The resolution, authored by a Republican Congressman in the state, Ronald D Young, is going to repeal the previous legislation and return the predator control laws to Alaska.
Young stated: “We have to recognise this is not about the little polar bears, the little grizzly bears or wolves on television, this is about the state’s right to manage — not allowing the federal government to do so.”
The US National Rifle Association (NRA), the United States’ extremely influential gun rights organization, also supported the controversial bill.
However, groups regarding animal welfare recently reacted with dismay and regret to the recent legislation.
“What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America,” said Wayne Pacelle, the chief executive of Humane Society, in a statement after the state’s representatives approved this bill a month prior.
“If the Senate and President concur, we’ll see wolf families killed in their dens [and] bears chased down by planes.”