Bear skin, moose meat salvaged for education, charity

Posted: Thursday, July 08, 2010

So what exactly happens to the remains when man meets nature and an animal is killed?

According to Jeff Selinger with the Department of Fish and Game, when bears are shot their carcasses are typically taken to the dump and the hides and skulls are turned over to the department.

"The hides are preserved and then offered up at the Fur Rondy auction," he said.

That's fitting for the Anchorage festival, officially called Fur Rendezvous, that occurs every February in Anchorage to celebrate the state's mining and trapping past.

"Hides go up there for sale but the skulls we keep for education purposes," Selinger said.

All proceeds from the hide sales go back to the state, he said.

People do not generally want the brown bear meat and that is why it is not turned over to charity, he said.

Moose meat is a different story though.

Gus Sandahl, Kenai police chief, said the State Troopers run a charity list typically full of church organizations that process meat from moose killed on the road.

"It's for people within the church that might need meat," he said. "You'll have some that process the animal right there in the ditch or haul it away and process it elsewhere."

"They always go to charity," Sandahl added.

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