The state Game Board has given authority to the Fish and Game Department for helicopter bear hunting in the middle Kuskokwim area. Aerial wolf hunting was already allowed. The plan will allow the helicopter hunt starting next spring. The brown bear population there is estimated at only ten to fifteen animals. There are quite a few more black bears. The hunt affects a portion of Game Management Unit 19A, and state biologists say there will be minor effect on the bear population of the entire unit.