Alaska's Rural Hunters

— NPR's Peter Kenyon reports that an old dispute between Alaska and the federal government is threatening one of the state's most cherished freedoms — the right to manage its subsistence hunting and fishing. The federal government says rural residents who need the food to survive should have priority over hunters who have the luxury of shopping in grocery stores. In 1982, Alaska residents approved the rural preference. Since then, the state's governors have tried unsuccessfully to amend Alaska's constitution, which prohibits any special access to wildlife.



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