The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will close registration brown bear hunt RB300 in Kenai Peninsula Game Management Units 7 and 15 by emergency order at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, according to a release issued Monday.
According to Fish and Game, the 2014 Peninsula-wide management objective is not to exceed 70 human-caused brown bear mortalities, including no more than 17 adult sows. Currently, the total reported number of human-caused mortalities for 2014 is 67 bears, including seven adult sows.
Fish and Game says human-caused brown bear mortalities unrelated to hunting, including road kills, bears killed in defense of life or property, and animals taken illegally by poachers, historically occur on the Peninsula through October and, to a lesser extent, into November. The hunting season is being closed to avoid exceeding the management cap.
For more information, contact Jeff Selinger at 907-260-2905 or e-mail email@example.com.
— Staff report