Bear numbers on the rise in Hoonah

Alaska tour books claim Admiralty Island has more brown bears per square mile than any other place in the state. Municipal officials in Hoonah on neighboring Chichagoff Island are challenging that claim. They say the animals are wandering into their village in greater numbers than ever. Hoonah officials have drafted a new garbage ordinance and lobbying the state Department of Fish and Game for a more lenient hunting policy.

Weld Royal, KTOO – Hoonah