Not sure I'm too thrilled about this one. Why are grizzlies on a registration hunt right now and not a general season hunt? Why was it a drawing hunt during the 2007-2010 seasons with 10 tags allowed if the musk ox were getting hammered so bad and the sustainable number of grizzlies could have allowed a higher harvest that had never been met even when it was an open, general season? I had to pass up numerous bears in areas where musk ox frequent over the years because I did not draw one of the few tags allowed. This one kinda ticks me off since they've known grizzly bears have been a big part of the problem for this entire time, yet they restricted hunting of them. Where do I sign up to be accompanied by a department employee so I can go kill one of these problem bears? The meat on these are excellent, and I wouldn't mind an extra hide in the house.
The board Tuesday approved aerial shooting of bears for the first time as it voted to protect musk oxen in Arctic Ocean drainages west of the Canning River.
According to the department, the musk oxen population has not reached the department's objective of at least 300 animals. Grizzlies killed most musk oxen between 2007 and 2011, the department said, and officials asked for "selective, lethal brown bear removal" to let musk oxen recover.
The board approved the killing of grizzlies from aircraft by a department employee or someone accompanied by a department employee.