Board of Game rejects bear-hunting proposal

Bears near Pack Creek will remain off-limits

Posted: Monday, November 13, 2006

The Alaska Board of Game voted unanimously Sunday not to allow bear hunting around the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area.

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The board voted down proposals 13 and 15, which would have allowed hunting on Swan Cove and Swan Island in the areas adjacent to the creek, a popular Admiralty Island tourist destination during the summer months.

A vocal opposition said it would be unfair to hunt bears that are accustomed to seeing humans.

Backers of the hunting proposals said the closures reflect the state's propensity for over-regulation. They said keeping hunters out of the area limits the chances to take trophy brown bears - males that many say are not frequent visitors at Pack Creek.



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