BREAKING NEWS: War is Declared on Alaska's Bears


Breaking Wildlife News / March 5, 2004


A hastily set up Board of Game committee approved earlier today recommending an arsenal of ways to accelerate the killing of both brown bears and black bears in select areas across the state.  Among the methods endorsed by a majority of the committee are same day airborne killing of bears, land and shoot killing of bears, snaring of bears, selling of hides and skulls, baiting for brown bears, increasing the individual bag limit for bears, and mass bear relocation projects like the 90 bears that were dumped hundreds of miles away from McGrath last spring.

The committee consisted of three Board of Game members, Deputy Fish and Game Commissioner Wayne Regelin, several members of staff with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and members of the public consisting almost exclusively hunting interests.  The only dissenting organization present was the Alaska Wildlife Alliance.

"We are opposed to your declaring war on Alaska's bears for the sole purpose of creating more game for hunters," said Alliance Wildlife Director, Dr. Paul Joslin.  "There are no biological emergencies identified by scientists anywhere in the state that would warrant using any of these measures", he went on to say.

The committee will make its recommendations to the full Board of Game in a few days.

Stay informed at www.akwildlife.org.


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