New rule opens up more hunting on federal land

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved the single-largest expansion ever of hunting and fishing in national wildlife refuges, including allowing bears, mountain lions and other top predators to be hunted in more places across the country.

The revised rule allows for expanded hunting and fishing on 2.3 million acres, across 147 wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. It also revokes longstanding protections for predators in many of those areas.

The program expansion is expected to be included for 2020 hunts.