Soon grizzly bears in areas adjacent to Katmai National Park and McNeil River will be ruthlessly hunted for sport. For over 20 years, hunting has been prohibited on the land between the McNeil River Sanctuary and the Katmai National Park boundary.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has already voted to lift this ban on bear hunting – an especially devastating decision considering the bears in this area have been habituated to humans (bear viewers, photographers and biologists) for several generations. The bears in this area have been taught for years that humans are peaceful and not a threat but now they will be slaughtered for sport. This hunting ban will expire on June 30th, 2007 opening the area for a bear hunt in October 2007.
We have one last chance to stop this slaughter. The Alaska Board of Game will be meeting in March, 2007 to consider overturning their previous decision, thus preserving the ban on bear hunting.
Please contact: The Commissioner of Alaska Fish and Game and
the Alaska Board of Game Support Section and let them you know you
support the continuation of the ban on bear
hunting in land adjacent to the McNeil River Sanctuary and
Katmai National Park.
will find the full contact information for these officials below. If
you're really motivated it will help to contact individual board members
and Alaska’s newly elected governor. Ultimately, the decision will be
made by the board members so I urge you to contact each and every board
member. I know that emailing is the simplest way, but to really have the
greatest impact we need to also write, fax and call.
Humans have already exterminated over 100,000 grizzly bears in the lower 48 and the same senseless slaughter now continues in Alaska. Legal sport hunters kill over 2,000 beautiful grizzly bears throughout Alaska per year. Katmai and McNeil are really about the only protected areas for coastal brown bears anywhere in North America but even that is about to change.
Please forward this page to as many people as can.
The bears of Katmai have given something special to all of us and now it's time that we do something for them! This is your chance to make a difference.
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