As you may have read in this morning’s edition of the local paper my Assembly colleague, Bill Starr, plans to introduce a resolution at our October 28 meeting that calls for hiring a seasonal “Wildlife Safety Specialist…to manage nuisance and dangerous bears.”
Two of the resolve clauses in Mr. Starr’s proposal would expand hunting in the Municipality of Anchorage, they appear below:
6. Formal request to the Board of Game to authorize increased permit hunting options for moose in the upper Hillside and Eagle River Valley areas to assist in mitigation.
7. Formal request to the Board of Game to authorize permit hunting options for brown bear in the upper Hillside, Eagle River, and Southfork areas, and on certain Heritage Land Bank lands, as designated by the Municipality.
Because hunting in Anchorage is a rather sensitive topic I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on using it as a management tool, particularly in light of this summer’s spike in bear-human interactions. Please take a moment to answer the poll question (toward the bottom of the page, right hand side) or post a comment.
P.S. As information, the public hearing on Mr. Starr’s proposal is currently scheduled for November 25.
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