Alaska Officials Thin Bear Numbers to Boost Moose Population

As part of a game management project, state wildlife biologists from Alaska Department of Fish and Game killed 89 bears to ramp up the moose population in western Alaska.

"Bears are most efficient at taking young moose, so calves being born now will have a much higher chance of survival," a spokeswoman said. "Once calves have survived a year, they're not as vulnerable."

The biologists avoided shooting sows and cubs, and 8,000 pounds of meat was distributed to villagers. The bear hides will be sold at auction to benefit the local community.

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