Alaska Expands Snaring to Brown Bears
Alaska wildlife biologists have been actively trying to restore the moose population in unit 16B around the Cook inlet for years. Recent studies have shown that as many as 80% of calves die in the first year of which a high percentage is related to bear predation. According to the Alaska Daily News, the Alaska Fish and Game has allowed snaring of black bears to reduce their population in the unit and will be expanding the program to brown bears as well.
"It is very much an adaptive experiment," said regional Fish and Game supervisor Bruce Dale. "The effectiveness of reducing both bear species through harvest methods to increase moose calf survival has not been demonstrated." Dale said his department will closely monitor the bear control efforts, to be conducted by state residents. Participants must attend department training to qualify for taking bears with foot snares.