NPS proposes to counteract state hunting changes

State law will change next spring to make it legal to bait grizzly bears in three national preserves in Alaska.

But the National Park Service is taking steps to make such practices illegal at Denali National Preserve, Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve and the Yukon-Charles Rivers National Preserve.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports federal officials also want to shorten the seasons to hunt wolves and coyotes in nine preserves across the state.

The National Park Service will conduct three public hearings over the next two weeks on the proposed restrictions. The first will be Wednesday at Denali Park. The last is planned Jan. 8 in Tok.