Alaska Holding Rare Fall Kenai Grizzly HuntAlaska DFG, Bear Hunting Magazine
For the first time since 2004, Alaska state game officials are handing out registration permits for a fall Kenai grizzly bear hunt. The hunt opens October 1 and will run until November 30, or until ten sows of reproductive age are killed.
The bear season comes toward the end of a year during which just one female brown bear old enough to mate has been killed by what officials call "human causes,' according to state area wildlife biologists. Four years ago, around 40 grizzly bears on the Kenai Peninsula were shot in self defense, run down by cars, poached or killed by authorities after being perceived as dangerous.
Wildlife officials state that all indications are that they have a healthy bear population on the Kenai Peninsula.
And interest is high for the hunt as more than 120 permits were issued the first day they became available last week. The hunt will not only be restricted by the cap on the number of sows that can be killed but by the climate as well. Kenai brown bears start heading for their dens in October with sows and cubs heading to dens first.