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Supreme Court spurns appeal, keeps bear-baiting ban in place on Kenai NWR

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a state attempt to overturn the federal ban on bait-assisted hunting of brown bears in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the appeal, made jointly by the state and by Safari Club International, keeps the ban in place in the 1.9-million-acre refuge. It also upholds a rule put in place in 2016 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and affirmed by a U.S. District Court judge in 2020 and by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2022.

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