Hunting and fishing to be expanded in 77 wildlife refuges in the U.S.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that fishing and hunting will be expanded in 77 national wildlife refuges.

The changes were announced last month but were posted in the Federal Register this week.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said, “this is the largest single effort to expand hunting and fishing access in recent history.”

The decision has been criticized by environmental groups.

Jeff Ruch, of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said:

“While the Trump policy retains federal ownership, it basically eviscerates federal management.
“The states end up managing federal land with federal dollars but following state laws. That’s a sea change from federal management for conservation and biodiversity rather than promoting hunting.”

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