Bear Snaring Opponents Gather Over 3,000 Signatures

Opponents of a bear snaring proposal have gathered over 3,000 signatures in an effort to get the state game board to drop it. The Department of Fish and Game proposal would allow the public to snare bears in a wide area of the state, primarily in the interior, as a way to reduce predation. Alaska Center for the Environment held a teleconference on the issue Wednesday. The group’s executive director Sue Levenson said their primary concern is a lack of biological data to back up the proposal, something she calls a state management trend.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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