The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge took a stand last year to protect this rare and distinct subspecies of Ursus arctos by ending its hunting season early. Tell the refuge to AGAIN close its lands to brown bear hunting to give these bears a fighting chance at survival in their ancestral home.
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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Earlier this year we wrote to you about a small population of brown bears, unique to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, that have been struggling just to survive. Last year 18 percent of the population's female bears were shot. And during this year's spring hunt, an additional 10 percent of the population was killed, the majority of them at "bait stations."
Bear baiting is unsportsmanlike -- food like greasy donuts and salmon is put out to lure bears into easy shooting range. To make matters worse, two months ago some people accidentally set off a massive fire that burned across more than 300 square miles on the Kenai, much of it in these bears' only formal refuge.
The isolated population of brown bears on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is in
trouble. Just last year alone, 18 percent of the adult female bears were
killed. And this year, during the spring hunt, an additional 10 percent of
the population was taken out.
In a matter of years, such high kill rates could quickly lead to a collapse of the Kenai brown bears' population. Adding to the concern, a major human-started fire burned across more than 300 square miles of the Kenai this spring. It tore through the refuge, stressed and even killed spring cubs and sows, and drove bears into contact with humans, which could prove lethal for the bears.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge took a stand last year to protect this rare and distinct subspecies of Ursus arctos by ending its hunting season early.
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