Lisa Murkowski

Senate votes to allow trapping, baiting and aerial shooting of Alaska grizzlies, wolves

Senate votes to allow trapping, baiting and aerial shooting of Alaska grizzlies, wolves

The Senate voted Tuesday to abolish a rule restricting specific hunting practices on national wildlife refuges in Alaska - including trapping, baiting and aerial shooting - on the grounds that state officials should be able to set the terms for wildlife conservation on public land within their own borders.

The 52-to-47 vote, which was almost entirely along party lines, represented the latest instance of Republicans using a powerful legislative tool - the Congressional Review Act - to eliminate regulations that Barack Obama's administration finalized before he left office in January. Independent Sen. Angus King, Maine, joined Republicans in backing the measure, and the measure only...

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