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Oppose Hunting of Brown Bears Near the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, Alaska

Oppose Hunting of Brown Bears Near the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, Alaska by signing the petition below. Just click the button at the bottom of the page and you will be redirected to our online petition.

To: Alaska Board of Game

PETITION TO OPPOSE HUNTING OF BROWN BEARS NEAR THE McNEIL RIVER STATE GAME SANCTUARY, ALASKA

WHEREAS, the McNeil River supports the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world;

WHEREAS, the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, the McNeil River State Game Refuge and Katmai National Park were established, in part, to protect brown bears and their habitats;

WHEREAS, the Sanctuary is one of the world?s premiere sites for viewing and photographing brown bears;

WHEREAS, hunting of brown bears and all other wildlife species is prohibited by law in the McNeil Sanctuary and Katmai National Park;

WHEREAS, McNeil River brown bears are known to range over large areas within and outside the sanctuary including areas within the McNeil Refuge, Katmai National Park, the Little Kamishak River, and the Douglas River; and

WHEREAS, the number of brown bears at McNeil River has significantly decreased in the past five years for reasons not well understood but potentially due, in part, to an increase in legal hunting in the surrounding area.

NOW, THEREFORE, the undersigned do hereby oppose any efforts to open hunting for brown bears within the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, the McNeil River State Game Refuge and nearby areas including those lands identified in the Alaska Board of Game proposals number 129 and 137 (including state owned lands near the Little Kamishak River, and state owned lands near the Douglas River).

Sincerely,

Submitted by Jim Robertson
Animals in the Wild

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