In November 2000, President Bill Clinton expanded the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Land that had been administered by the Bureau of Land Management was taken over by the National Park Service.
Although at the time , the Clinton administration said this would not affect whether or not hunting could occur in the new areas, in fact the National Park Service barred all hunting on the areas that it took over from BLM. Before the change, the Monument had been a popular site for hunting.
On August 2, 2002 the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would change the area’s designation from a Monument to a National Preserve and restore hunting to the site.
The bill had previously been approved on a voice vote by the House of Representatives in May 2001, and now heads to the president’s desk.
Bill would restore Craters hunting rights. Spokesmanreview.Com, August 3, 2002.
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