Anchorage, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Board of Game has loosened
hunting rules in Chugach State Park.
The decision Wednesday followed recommendations by state
biologists who hope the changes lead hunters to kill some of the
boldest bears in the park edging Anchorage before they wander into
the city and hurt somebody.
Last summer, there were a series of bear encounters, including
two serious maulings.
State biologists also warned that one of the new rules adopted
Wednesday _ allowing bow hunters to go after grizzlies around
popular Eklutna Lake _ could put park users in close contact with
“We’re trying to reduce the number of bears slightly in some of
these areas to get some relief for the public,” biologist Rick
Sinnott told the board.
“But if the fact that you’re having a hunt here creates more
problems than it solves, then I think you have to sort of keep that
in your mind as you make a decision.”
The Game Board is meeting in Anchorage this week to decide on
hunting rules for Southcentral and Southwest Alaska.