Change made in black bear hunts

Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008

KETCHIKAN - The Alaska Board of Game passed a rule forbidding hunters from using land vehicles while hunting black bears on Prince of Wales Island.

The regulation, which will take effect next September, applies to resident and nonresident hunters, according to Boyd Porter, the Ketchikan area game management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

However, Porter says over 90 percent of the hunters that harvest black bears during that time of the fall are nonresidents.

The regulation won't affect bear hunters' access by aircraft or boat.

Porter says the regulation is expected to reduce the bear harvest during September, especially the number of female bears killed.

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