The isolated population of brown bears on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is in trouble. Last year, even before state hunting regulations were loosened to allow bear baiting, 69 brown bears were killed legally and another 23 were killed illegally -- reducing the total number of adult female bears by 18 percent.
If these practices continue, such high kill rates could quickly lead to a collapse of the Kenai's brown bear population.
This season's forecast is equally grim: 1,300 permits have already been handed out this spring, with another 700 still available, allowing 2,000 hunters to comb the woods to kill up to 70 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.
Take action by urging the refuge to close its lands to brown bear hunting once again to give these bears a fighting chance at survival in their ancestral home.
April 30, 2014 Action Alert ID# 143
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