Alaska Board of Game Could Legalize Bear Snaring
2,000 signatures oppose it
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Board of Game will be tackling some controversial issues when it begins its meetings in Fairbanks tomorrow.
One topic is whether or not to permit bear snaring. The purpose of this would be to increase the number of moose available to hunters.
In bear snaring, the hunter lures the bear to a bait station, then catches them by their paws with a wire cable. The bear will wait there until a hunter shoots it.
Valerie Conner, with the Alaska Center for the Environment, said she had no trouble getting more than 2,000 signatures from people who oppose it.
“People are outraged,” said Conner. “I have pages and pages of signatures. These are all Alaskans from all different places around Alaska. No one likes this idea.”
Conner plans to present the signatures to the Board of Game in person.
The meetings will continue for the next ten days.