Zinke signs hunt­ing or­der:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -



In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke signed an or­der on Fri­day to ex­pand hunt­ing and fish­ing on fed­eral land, say­ing it would im­prove wildlife man­age­ment and con­ser­va­tion.

En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists dis­missed it as “a donoth­ing or­der.”

The or­der di­rects the Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice and other agen­cies to pro­duce a plan to ex­pand ac­cess. It also calls for changes to man­age­ment plans for na­tional mon­u­ments to en­sure the public’s right to hunt, fish and tar­get shoot.

Zinke called hunt­ing and fish­ing “a corner­stone of the Amer­i­can tra­di­tion.”

But the public al­ready has the right to hunt and fish on fed­eral lands, and states have pri­mary author­ity to reg­u­late hunt­ing and fish­ing in those ar­eas, said Matt LeeAsh­ley, a former In­te­rior of­fi­cial who is now a se­nior fel­low at the left-lean­ing Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress. (AP)

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