KATMAI BEAR KILLINGS ~ ethically bankrupt hunting on Preserve
For anyone who followed this in 2007, this is back and alarming.
The location of the hunt is ethically bankrupt!
The hunting is in an area where bears are habituated
to humans. Support hunting that is not ethically bankrupt.
~ Vicky Frangos
Please feel free to call or write the Alaska Board of Fish & Game.
of Fish & Game
P.O. Box 115526
1255 W. 8th Street
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
WATCH THIS VIDEO - WARNING BEAR IS KILLED
Now read the news below! ~ Vicky
The bears of Katmai
By Bill Sherwonit
Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Nearly seventeen months have passed since October 2007, when a local TV crew set up camp on Kukaklek Lake, in the upper Alaska Peninsula, to report on a legal but controversial brown bear hunt in Katmai National Preserve. The video and story the team brought back startled and repulsed many Alaskans, hunters and non-hunters alike.
Though the story has mostly been forgotten—or set aside in the public’s consciousness— it will no doubt be resurrected next week, when the Alaska Board of Game meets in Anchorage. Among the 246 proposed regulation changes they’ll consider are four that would change how the Katmai Preserve hunt is managed.
One thing that almost certainly won’t change, however, is the hunt’s basic nature. Sport hunters will still be allowed to approach within a few dozen feet of brown bears and kill animals that have grown habituated to people after spending weeks in the close company of nonthreatening wildlife watchers and anglers.
That’s exactly what made the reporting by KTUU’s Megan Baldino and images by freelance videographer Dan Zatz of Homer so disconcerting, and such a YouTube sensation.
If anything, the video didn’t fully capture what Brad Josephs calls the “nightmarish” nature of the experience. Josephs, a Homer bear-viewing guide who accompanied Baldino and Zatz, recalls “It was brutal, a massacre, a crushing thing to see if you care about bears. [The day before the hunt] we had gotten some rapport with the female bear that eventually got killed; we got to know her a little bit. That’s what made it the worst. She and other bears were grazing right next to the guide’s camp. The hunters were inside their electric fences, watching like the rest of us.