Senate kills Alaska predator protection order

A Denali wolf carries part of its prey. Congress is overturning a predator protection measure put in place by the Obama Administration. (Photo by Ken Conger/National Park Service)

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to overturn an Obama Administration rule that banned certain methods of killing predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.

The vote was 52 to 47.

The Obama administration wanted to ban killing bear cubs and wolves in their dens, killing bears over bait and other practices that opponents deem inhumane.

The methods aren’t broadly allowed in Alaska anyway, but the state Board of Game said they’re tools that it should be able to deploy, when needed, to restore a balance between predator and prey species.

Alaska’s congressional delegation argued the state has the right to manage hunting throughout Alaska and that the rule violated the statehood compact and other federal laws.

The House has already voted to overturn the regulation. President Trump is expected to sign the repeal.

An identical Park Service regulation remains on the books related to hunting on Alaska’s national preserves.