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Biden Administration Renews Support for Bear Baiting Review

June 17, 2022, 4:44 PM

A policy allowing black bear baiting in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming doesn’t need a federal species review because baiting isn’t a federal action, the Biden administration and those states told a federal court in Idaho.

Bear baiting that takes place on National Forest System lands is “authorized by those states and carried out by private individuals,” according to the filing in the US District Court for the District of Idaho. If someone hunting black bears while using bait kills or harms a grizzly bear, WildEarth Guardians and three other conservation groups can’t prove that harm was caused by ...