A federal judge has affirmed a decision that upheld restrictions on hunting and brown bear baiting in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The ruling quashes another attempt from the state of Alaska and hunting advocates to overturn a contentious Obama-era rule.
Local conservationist groups cheer the decision. Nicole Schmitt is executive director of Alaska Wildlife Alliance, one of the case’s intervening defendants. She said her organization is excited, particularly for the brown bear protections that will be upheld.