The Trump administration announced on Wednesday their plans to open 2.3 million acres of national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries in 100 national parks for hunting and fishing. Several hunting and fishing groups applauded the decision, while wildlife conservation groups called the proposal “tone deaf” focusing on this during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the government site, the proposal would allow fishing for the first time at San Diego Bay in California, Alamosa in Colorado, Bombay Hook in Delaware and Umbagog in Maine and New Hampshire and Everglades Headwaters in Florida.
As for hunting, the proposal would allow alligator hunting at three national refuges which include Banks Lake in Georgia, Laguna Atascosa in Texas and Savannah, Georgia and South Carolina.
In Arizona, hunters will be able to kill mountain lions and mule deer at Cabeza Prieta and Buenos Aires national wildlife refuges in Oregon including bobcats and fox. And for the first time ever, hunters will be allowed to shoot migratory birds at Wapato Lake and Hart Mountain.
The plan was announced as part of the Interior Department’s annual review before hunting season begins. People will have 60 days to comment on the proposal.
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