Alaska Peninsula Bears Under Threat

The Alaska Board of Game is considering a proposal for three consecutive bear hunts (Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022) on the Alaska Peninsula, where bear populations have been declining for the past twenty years.

The proposal comes after a teleconference in which hunters (including out-of-state hunters) and guides lobbied for increased bear hunts in 2021 to compensate for the COVID-19 related lost revenue in spring 2020.

Multiple bear hunts in a single year have not been allowed on the AK Peninsula since the 1970’s, as the bear population is not believed to be robust enough to support it. A third hunting season should in no way be considered as a means of economic stimulus for hunters and guides, particularly as COVID-19 business aid is administered through the state and federal government, and should not be an issue taken up by the Board of Game.

The public has until May 27 to submit comments on this proposal. To read more about the proposal and what you can do to help, check out the Alaska Wildlife Alliance.

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