This rule violates the intent of the agreement reached between Alaska and the federal government in managing fish and wildlife populations. The regulation should be repealed so that the people of Alaska can manage their own land and wildlife resources in line with previous agreements with the federal government.
The federal government has an interest in promoting “natural diversity” in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges and is justified in imposing regulations on the state of Alaska to meet that end. Federal law has precedence over state law, and that applies to wildlife conservation as well. Subsistence hunting should only occur if it complies with conservation needs.