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Conservation groups sue to overturn new hunting rules in Alaska national preserves

Efforts by the Trump administration to weaken hunting and trapping restrictions on national park lands in Alaska were challenged Wednesday by a coalition of conservation and environmental groups that argued the rule change violated the National Park Service Organic Act and was arbitrary and capricious.

Back in May then-National Park Service acting director David Vela said the easing of restrictions "will support the (Interior) Department's interest in advancing wildlife conservation goals and objectives, and in ensuring the state of Alaska’s proper management of hunting and trapping in our national preserves." But the lawsuit filed Wednesday claimed wildlife management in the National Park System was governed by the Park Service, not the states.

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