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Lawmaker pans native tribes’ push to protect bears

A Republican lawmaker says a push to permanently protect U.S. grizzly bears because they are considered sacred among Native Americans would elevate “sentimental biases” above science. California Rep. Tom McClintock is the ranking Republican on a House panel that took testimony Wednesday on legislation to ban grizzly hunting outside Alaska regardless of population size. McClintock says the proposal ignores the species’ recovery in parts of the Northern Rockies.

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