Alaska OKs sale of bear hides

Jan 31, 2006

For the first time in Alaska's history brown bear hides may be legally sold if taken from a 2,700-square-mile northeastern section of the state.

The Alaska Board of Game said it agreed to the move as part of its effort to increase moose populations in five areas of the state where aerial wolf hunting is allowed.

Black bear hides may also be sold if they're harvested from the state's five predator control areas.

"It's a big change," Matt Robus, director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation, told the Anchorage Daily News. "It's assumed this will provide some motivation for people to go out and take more bears."

Alaskan game officials have also loosened restrictions on bear hunting in the predator control areas by increasing the length of the season and removing a $25 fee for residents.

From 1981-88, brown bears killed 52 percent of the newborn moose calves in the areas, officials said.

Alaska Fish and Game officials estimate there are 35,000 to 40,000 brown bears in the state and more than 100,000 black bears.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: African-American homeownership increasingly less stable and more risky

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Airbnb remodels online home

7 minutes ago

Online lodgings listings service Airbnb on Wednesday took the wraps off a major remodel of its online home complete with a new logo.

Can Modi clean the Ganges, India's biggest sewage line?

21 minutes ago

Standing on the banks of the river Ganges a day after his election triumph, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to succeed where numerous governments have failed: by cleaning up the filthy waterway beloved ...

Bing offers to 'forget' links in Europe searches

23 minutes ago

Microsoft on Wednesday followed in Google's footsteps by letting people in Europe ask to have links related to them 'forgotten' on its search engine Bing, under the auspices of a court ruling.

Really smart cars are ready to take the wheel

27 minutes ago

Why waste your time looking for a place to park when your car can do it for you? An idea that was pure science fiction only a few years ago is becoming reality thanks to automatic robot cars.

New view of Rainier's volcanic plumbing

31 minutes ago

By measuring how fast Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, a University of Utah researcher and colleagues made a detailed picture of Mount Rainier's deep volcanic plumbing and partly molten rock ...

Recommended for you

How to win a Tour de France sprint

4 hours ago

The final dash to the line in a Tour de France sprint finish may appear to the bystander to be a mess of bodies trying to cram into the width of a road, but there is a high degree of strategy involved. It ...

Radar search to find lost Aboriginal burial site

8 hours ago

Scientists said Tuesday they hope that radar technology will help them find a century-old Aboriginal burial ground on an Australian island, bringing some closure to the local indigenous population.

'Moral victories' might spare you from losing again

18 hours ago

It's human nature to hate losing. Unfortunately, it's also human nature to overreact to a loss, potentially abandoning a solid strategy and thus increasing your chances of losing the next time around.

User comments : 0