Predator-control effort aims to boost moose

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

State wildlife biologists have again killed dozens of bears in an effort to increase the number of available moose for subsistence hunters in part of the western Interior.

The Department of Fish and Game says it's too early to draw firm conclusions. But the department says data gathered this spring shows higher moose calf survival during the past year.

Reports say the predator-control project was requested by villagers and endorsed by the Board of Game.

This year, biologists shot and killed 64 bears along the Kuskokwim River near the village of Sleetmute. They killed 89 bears last year in an area wildlife officials say used to have the best moose hunting in that game unit.

Meat from the bears was shared with local villages.