The 2015 rule now targeted by the National Park Service also prohibited using dogs to hunt black bears and using motorboats to hunt swimming caribou.
The park service, in its proposal Tuesday, cited two of Zinke’s orders, one calling on the agency to increase access to public lands for hunting and another that the park service said called on it to work with state partners, like Alaska.
“The purpose of this proposed rule is to align sport hunting regulations in national preserves in Alaska with state of Alaska regulations and to enhance consistency with harvest regulations on surrounding non-federal lands and waters,” the proposal read, adding that it would apply largely to “national preserve lands” in Alaska.
Calling the practices outlined in the proposal “fringe hunting methods,” the Humane Society vowed to fight the move.
“There is no reason whatsoever to kill baby bears and wolf pups,” said Tracie Letterman, vice president of legislative affairs at the Humane Society Legislative Fund.