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Posted by martentrapper on Apr 19 2006
It is unfortunate to lose 6 animals that may have brought some form of value to the people of this area. Much of the problem lies in the fact that many natives, all across alaska, view bears as a nuisance. They break into their camps, chase them off berry patches, ruin meat out drying or hanging. Bears have no, or little value, to many rural Alaskans. I,m not so sure bears were ever "cherished" by natives. Respected, yes, but only beause(until modern weapons) the animal was a formidable opponent. That, and perhaps the fur and meat, and the fat, held some value. Today, few want what bears have, natives are not into "trophies" as much, and they are legally forbidden to sell any of the raw parts of a bear.
My experience has been that rural alaskans take a practical, commen sense approach to wildlife. Given that, and the total lack of usefulness one gets from a bear and it's direct competition with us for resources, these occurances will continue. perhaps the solution is to allow more commercial utilization (other than guiding) of bears.

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