Alaska To Count Wounded Bears DifferentlyAlaska DF&G, Bear Hunting Magazine
The Alaska Board of Game ended their southeast meeting in Sitka earlier this week. One of the proposals passed was in regard to how they count bears in Unit 4 (Sitka, including Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof islands).
Previously, bears that were wounded and then escaped were automatically counted as a dead female bear. But the Alaska Professional Hunters Association argued that in many cases, that is not true. Many bears are not mortally wounded and are very often, not female. By counting the wounded bears as dead females unfairly raises the figure on bear mortalities and hunting limits are hurt.
After consideration, the Alaska Board of Game agreed. As of July 1, 2013, wounded bears will no longer automatically count as dead females. The vote was 6 to 1. One condition added to the change was that the Board will write a letter to the U.S. Forest Service, which grants permits to bear guides. They will request the agency to work with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for better enforcement of bear regulations.