Alaska To Reopen Brown Bear Units 7, 15

Alaska DFG, Bear Hunting Magazine

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be reopening the brown bear hunts in Game Management Units 7 and 15 on the Kenai Peninsula tomorrow, Thursday, October 25th, for both drawing and registration permitted hunters. The season will run through November or until six adult female brown bears are harvested, whichever comes first.

The season temporarily closed October 10th by emergency order when eleven adult female brown bears were reported as harvested. The total deaths surpassed the department’s management objective of 10 adult female deaths. Now, with many adult female brown bears having denned, boars will be the majority of brown bears available for harvest during this last part of the season.

With the second part of the fall season in these units, Alaska Fish and Game will switch to a three-year running average to manage adult female brown bear deaths. This management strategy allows for 30 adult female brown bear deaths in a three-year period, of which 22 have been recorded for that period. Although that three-year average leaves eight adult female brown bear deaths for the remainder of the season, the DFG stated that capitalizing on all eight could impact following hunting seasons.

After the fall brown bear hunting season ends, there will be a multi-agency meeting to discuss a better plan to manage brown bear harvests on the Kenai peninsula going forward.

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