Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Mt. Marathon race applications available

Priority applications for the 2003 Mount Marathon Race will not be mailed this year. Applications for priority and lottery entrants will be available on the Seward Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.sewardak.org from Jan. 1 through March 14 and must be received by the Seward Chamber of Commerce on or before 5 p.m. on March 14.

Applications will be mailed or faxed to entrants only upon request. In order to request an application, contact the chamber at 907-224-8051 or e-mail your request to chamber@seward.net.

Please be sure to sign the application and fill out all information required. Submit applications and payment by mail or walk-in to the chamber at P.O. Box 749, Seward, AK 99664. Faxed applications to the chamber will not be accepted. It is the responsibility of the entrant to be certain the application was received on time. Any applications received after 5 p.m. on March 14 will not be accepted.

Priority racers can review their application status on the chamber Web site anytime after Jan. 1. Lottery and waiver applicants may view their status after March 17.

Chugach partially opened to snowmachines

The Chugach National Forest has been partially opened to snowmachines, according to the Forest Service.

Fresh Snow at Turnagain Pass and on the Kenai Peninsula have enabled forest managers to open areas to motorized use. In addition to Turnagain Pass, Primrose Trail, Lost Lake, Resurrection Pass, the South Fork of Snow River have been opened to motorized use. However, the Ingram, Twentymile and Placer areas remain closed due to insufficient snow depth. The Trail River area also is closed to motorized use, though it was erroneously listed as open earlier this week.

Snow depths are being monitored in those areas and they will be opened when there is adequate snow, officials said. For more information, contact the Seward district office at (907) 224-3374, the Glacier district office in Girdwood at (907) 783 3242, or the Cordova district office at (907) 424-7661. The Anchorage supervisor's office can be reached at (907) 743-9500, and information is available on the Web at www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach.

Grizzly killed north of Fairbanks

A grizzly bear seen scavenging last week in a suburb north of Fairbanks has been shot.

Kurt Wold, a Goldstream Valley musher, killed the bear Saturday after observing the animal feeding on moose meat in an area just off a popular mushing trail. Fish and Wildlife officials had originally thought the grizzly was a juvenile male that had delayed hibernating because of unusually warm weather. However, Wold says, based on an examination of the bear's worn teeth, the animal was an older male who had no fat reserves and was obviously starving.

After observing the bear for almost two days, as it snacked on dog food that the musher had stored in a caged pen, Wold shot the animal because it showed no fear of people and had bedded down within 150 feet of his front door.

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