Russia Bans Polar Bear Hunting This Year

Russia Bans Polar Bear Hunting This Year

MOSCOW — Russia has banned the hunting of polar bears this year, thanks to a group with close ties to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a longtime defender of large endangered animals.

A Russian-U.S. commission last year agreed to restrict polar bear hunting to 29 animals per year for each country. But The Polar Bear program, established under Putin’s patronage, said this week that Russia had waived its quota for bear hunting.

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