To the Editor:
poaching of black bears is a problem that has a possible solution.
The problem is that people with money value black bear gallbladders
and are willing to pay a lot for them. The laws meant to prevent
the wanton killing of black bear for the sole purpose of harvesting
gallbladders depress the supply of gallbladders. This, of
course, increases the value of the gallbladders, increasing
the chance that someone will take the risk of poaching black
solution can be found in the market. Most black bear that
are harvested in Alaska are utilized for the meat or the rug
or both; the gallbladder is discarded. Although it is probably
against international law (another issue) for individual hunters
to sell the legally harvested gallbladders, it is possible
for the state of Alaska to seek a waiver to that law.
state could require successful bear hunters to submit the
bear's gallbladders to the state. Proceeds could be used to
supplement the wildlife management budget. The hunter might
be rewarded in some way for his or her additional work involved
in properly harvesting the gallbladder.
A. Bennett / Fairbanks