It may be because people are finally starting to act more responsibly with bear attractants, or possibly last year so many bruins -- many of them sows with cubs -- were killed by people not acting responsibly, but one thing is clear this summer: negative interactions between bears and humans are way down.
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee recommended changes to a proposal that would make it illegal for dipnet fishermen to fish from a boat that doesn't carry a four-stroke or direct fuel injected two-stroke motor on the Kenai River by the year 2010. If the Board of Fish listens to the advisory committee, dipnetters will not be able to fish from a vessel powered by a two-stroke motor starting next year.
Mark Rogers, from San Antonio, Texas, knows a thing or two about gambling. He's raked in a blackjack pot or two over the years and is no stranger to poker. While fishing the Kenai River recently he was able to put a few concept these games have taught him to use.
Wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger doesn't mind visiting a Kenai or Soldotna subdivision to dispatch a problematic brown bear. But when garbage, bird seed, unsecured freezers or pet food plays a role in the bear's presence, he'll tell you that removing the offending animal won't solve the problem.
The Board of Game addressed several issues affecting the Kenai Peninsula during its meeting in Anchorage, including the fall brown bear hunt, a youth hunt in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, and reauthorizations of antlerless moose hunts.
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