Conditions of bear population density and species ecological balance in relation to subsistence needs suggests new rules of hunting.
1. Brown and black bear hunting in Alaska limited to black powder ammo and single-shot weapons. For defense, any weapon can be used, but a report must be filed demonstrating possible risk, such as that bear "touched" any personal property or approached too close.
2. Brown and black bears may be taken at any time of the year for any reason, limited to 5 per year.
3. No bear baiting, except by Fish and Game for specific reasons.
4. Taking of bear meat no longer required.
5. No hunting without a guide for out of state citizens, and guides have certain responsibilities.
a. All wounded bears must be followed up on and dispatched by the next day.
b. No shots are to be taken of bears beyond a range of 150 yards.
c. Shot taken by out of state hunter should be with guide NOT closer to hunter than 20 yards, and guide may then take shots as necessary.
d. All shots taken must be reported on a hunt report.
6. Number of bears taken should not be more than 5 per year, any species.
7. Specific areas of bear viewing and protection identified by state Fish and Game will be respected.
Note that requirement of black powder, single shot, will reduce numbers of nimrods of limited courage, but restrictions on state citizens emphasize a pre-statehood level of individual responsibility on taking bears. Nuisance and fearless bears would be reduced, especially around population centers. Bears that fear man have the best chance of survival.
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