The east entrance of the Upper Kenai River Trail is photographed on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

The east entrance of the Upper Kenai River Trail is photographed on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai refuge accepting applications for black bear baiting

Baiting areas can be chosen — and permits issued — in the order they are drawn

Applications for black bear baiting in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are open, the refuge announced Tuesday.

According to a release from the refuge, applications can be filled out at refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road, and can be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on April 14. On April 15, a random drawing will be held at 10 a.m. The drawing will not be held with an in-person component, but applicants must be available by phone when their name is drawn to select their baiting area.

The release says that baiting areas can be chosen — and permits issued — in the order they are drawn. If any sites are unclaimed after the drawing, they will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each site is a 1-square mile area within the refuge open to black bear baiting, according to the release. Each permit is for the harvest of only black bear over bait.

The release notes that all bait stations, including those on the refuge, must be registered with the state Department of Fish and Game. Hunters need a valid Alaska hunting license and completion of a state approved bear baiting clinic in order to be eligible for a permit.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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