Justices sound favorable to Alaska hunter with hovercraft

Justices sound favorable to Alaska hunter with hovercraft
Alaska resident John Sturgeon walks outside the Supreme Court, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 in Washington. Sturgeon sued the Park Service in 2011 after it told him to stop operating his hovercraft on stretch of the Nation river that passes through the federally created preserve. The State of Alaska would permit this, but the National Park Services regulations said he could not. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounds skeptical of the National Park Service’s authority to prevent an Alaskan moose hunter from using his motorized rubber boat to access remote areas of the state.

The justices heard arguments Monday in a case that tests the limits of the federal government’s authority in a state in which more than 60 percent of the land is federally owned.

The state and moose hunter John Sturgeon are arguing that the Park Service cannot enforce a national ban on amphibious vehicles known as hovercraft on an Alaskan river for which the state claims ownership, even though it runs through a national conservation area.

Sturgeon won an earlier round at the Supreme Court.