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May 22, 2018
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On Monday, the National Park Service announced it intends to allow hunters on some public lands in Alaska to lure brown bears with bacon and use spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs while they are hibernating in their dens.

In 2015, the Obama administration outlawed such hunting methods on federal lands, much to the dismay of big-game hunting organizations like the Safari Club. In March, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appointed several members of the Safari Club and other trophy hunters to a board that is advising him on how to conserve threatened and endangered wildlife. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Maria Gladziszewski told The Associated Press that her agency is "pleased to see the National Park Service working to better align federal regulations with state of Alaska hunting and trapping regulations."

Wildlife advocates like Collette Adkins, a lawyer and biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said these are "cruel and harmful hunting methods" that "have no place on our national preserves," and Anna Frostic, a lawyer for the Humane Society of the United States, said "this proposed rule, which would allow inhumane killing of our native carnivores in a misguided attempt to increase trophy hunting opportunities, is unlawful and must not be finalized." Beginning Tuesday, the public has 60 days to provide comment on the proposed rules, and can do so by visiting this website and submitting a comment on "RIN (1024-AE38)" that includes the words "National Park Service" or "NPS." Catherine Garcia

December 17, 2015
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Millennials have been accused of being self-absorbed many times over — but sometimes a dose or two of confidence can be healthy. According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, a whole 57 percent of moms and 43 percent of dads between the ages of 18 and 30 think they're doing a "very good job" raising their children. Gen X and Boomer parents are less confident by comparison, with only 48 percent of Gen X moms and 41 percent of Boomer moms feeling the same. Dads fared worse — Boomer fathers were only 37 percent confident they were doing a very good job of raising their kids.

Specifically, Millennials seem to believe that they are both stricter and more loving. Given a choice, for example, they tell Pew they are over-protective rather than offering too much freedom. And unlike their forbears, they stick to their guns rather than giving in too quickly. They also believe they err on the side of not criticizing their kids.

"Millennial moms and dads were more likely to say they sometimes praise their kids too much," says Juliana Menasce Horowitz, one of the authors of the report. "And that it's extremely important to them for their kids to grow up to be ambitious." [Time]

Pew's study followed 1,800 parents and adjusted for the age of children, since parents of surly teens always seem to show a drop in confidence. Jeva Lange