Bruin deaths can stop year's hunting season

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004

Although the Kenai Peninsula's population of bears both black and brown is believed to be strong, peninsula brown bears are listed as a "population of special concern" by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The reasons for concern include the relative isolation of the peninsula bear population as well as rapid human population growth and development in recent years.

Last year, area management biologist Jeff Selinger explained that brown bear hunting on the peninsula is closely monitored and regulated. The hunting season for brown bears has been canceled the past two years due to human-caused brown bear mortalities incurred prior to the season.

The quota for human-caused brown bear mortalities is 20 bears per year, of which no more than eight can be female bears more than one year old. Any cubs killed, whether they are male or female, count toward the 20 bear limit, but not the eight female bear limit.

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