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Court rules USNPS mistakenly deferred to looser state hunting rules in Alaska parks

Administrative errors, not wildlife management issues, prompted a federal judge to find that the National Park Service erred in 2020 when it relaxed its hunting and trapping regulations in national preserves in Alaska so they'd be in line with state regulations.

In her 63-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason found that the Park Service was wrong in believing it had to "defer to state hunting regulations," and held that the Park Service acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it concluded that the state's wildlife management requirements were equivalent to those of the Park Service, and when it ignored its own previous finding that Alaska's regulations failed to address public safety concerns associated with bear baiting.

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