Alaska grizzly bear license plates off to a good start

Alaska’s grizzly bear license plate has made its comeback and is gaining popularity among vehicle owners.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Alaska’s Division of Motor Vehicles released the grizzly bear license plates on May 7, and since then 75 percent of the general-issue license plates have been the grizzly design.

A bill the Legislature passed last year reintroduced the plates.

The license plate was modeled on a 1976 bicentennial design. It features a brown bear standing on its hind legs with a backdrop of mountains and sun. The difference in the two designs can be found in the grizzly’s fur, which was darkened because the original was often confused for a gopher.

The division’s director, Amy Erickson, said last week there had been more than 3,700 issued since the release.