Nearly 90 Bears Killed Under Predator Control

A predator control program has resulted in the killing of nearly 90 bears in western Alaska.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- A predator control program has resulted in the killing of nearly 90 bears in western Alaska.
   
The program was designed to increase moose in the area is operating in game management unit 19A along the Kuskokwim River.
   
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, agency staff shot 89 bears between May 13 and Monday, when the two-year program ended for the year. Officials say 84 black bears and five grizzlies were killed.
   
Biologists shot the bears from a helicopter in a 530-square mile area of state land that is a small part of unit 19A, which encompasses nearly 10,000 square miles east of Aniak. The goal of the program is to eliminate bears in the area.
   
The meat was distributed to residents.