Donald Trump Jr.
has been given the right to hunt a grizzly bear near the Bering Sea town of Nome in northwestern Alaska, a state official says.
US President Donald Trump’s son was among three individuals who applied for 27 spots for non-resident hunters designed to attack grizzlies in a specified region of the Seward Peninsula in northwestern Alaska, said Eddie Grasser, Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s wildlife conservation director.
‘ We’re receiving thousands of applications, ‘ said Eddie Grasser, Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s wildlife conservation officer. Whether anybody wins, he said, is down to “pure chance, luck of draw.”
The state performs regular drawings in various regions for licenses to hunt bears, caribou, moose, and other wildlife. A lottery chooses winners, and usually there are many more applicants awarded than the hunting tags.
Officials responded by saying permits near Nome probably aren’t in demand for a wide range of reasons, such as the area’s geographical isolation and the cost of getting there.
The eldest son of the president is indeed an avid hunter, and has made multiple hunting trips in Alaska and Canada. There was little competition in there. Twenty-four bear hunting tags went unclaimed in that area, Grasser said.
Winners of the most recent hunting-permit drawings from the state were revealed on Friday.
Trump had to pay a $1,000 non-resident tag fee to go through with the Nome-area bear hunt, and purchase a $160 non-resident hunting license, Grasser said.
The hunting season for his permit starts August 1 and will last until May 31, 2021.
He will targets grizzly, the same animal as brown bears in Alaska. Bears along the southern coast of Alaska, called brown bears, have direct exposure to an abundance of salmon and rich vegetation. This, according to the agency, helps them to grow larger and to live in higher densities.
Non-resident hunters where Trump could hunt 11 bears harvested in 2019. A further 40 were killed by resident hunters.
JThis month, the Safari Club raffled off a seven-day “dream hunt” adventure with Trump Jr. for $150,000. The raffle winner was given the right to accompany the president’s son on a yacht that was sailing along Tongass National Forest coastal areas in November.