Reward Offered for Katmai Brown Bear Poaching

Press Release / Alaska Wildlife Alliance / August 9, 2004


Anchorage, AK - The Alaska Wildlife Alliance is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) involved in the recent bear poaching at Katmai National Park. The reward is an effort to assist authorities in ending the illegal activity of poaching. People may submit an anonymous tip on the Alaska Wildlife Alliance website, at:

http://www.akwildlife.org/takeaction/poaching-form.php

The recent poaching proves that the illegal trade of animal parts is alive and well in Alaska. Such illegal activity is harmful to the ecosystems of Alaska, and threatens many species.

Last week, three brown bears were found dead from gunshot wounds to the rear and back of the animals, which may prove the use of aircraft or other vehicles in the poaching. The animals' paws had been cut off. It has been reported that brown bear claws can sell for between $30 and $300 on the black market.

Please submit any information possible to end this illegal and destructive practice.

Thank you.

Scott Moran

Alaska Wildlife Alliance

 
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