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Analysis | Bernhardt's loosening of hunting, fishing regs on NWRs has some wondering if NPs are next

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, at the direction of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, are moving to open seven of their refuges to hunting and fishing, a move spurring concern that National Park System units could be ordered to move in the same direction.

It was just about a year ago that then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke directed the agencies under his purview to defer wildlife and fisheries matters to states. If the Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Park Service, had more stringent regs than those of the states in which they were located, he said, they should relax their regulations.

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