Too many Kenai bears die, no hunt this year

Updated: September 19, 2006, 11:46 PM ET
By Brandon Loomis | Anchorage Daily News — Sept. 19, 2006

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Twenty-three Kenai brown bears have died this year, mostly shot by people protecting themselves or their property, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

That death toll is higher than the area management threshold, which will shut down the peninsula's Oct. 15-31 grizzly season for the second year in a row.

The state's goal is to hold human-caused brown bear deaths on the Kenai to 20 a year, averaged over three years, with no more than eight ...

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