Russian Subsistence Hunters Allowed to Target Polar Bears

Remember our cool web gallery of an Inuit subsistence hunter bagging a hybrid polar/grizzly bear? In related news, subsistence hunters in Russia will now be able to hunt polar bears.

From this story in the Junea Empire:

A joint commission is recommending lifting the ban on harvesting polar bears for traditional and cultural purposes in Russia. The U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission met this week in Anchorage to determine the potential for a coordinated and sustainable subsistence harvest of polar bears by Native peoples of Alaska and Chukotka in Russia.

The commission determined that the harvest should be limited to up to 58 polar bears a year, with no more than 19 being females. The move will end a 50-year ban on the Russian side. However, it is expected to improve monitoring and decrease poaching in that country. In Alaska, a team will develop implementation procedures to be presented at the next meeting of the commission in June 2011. Alaska Natives harvested an average of 38 polar bears from 2004 to 2008.

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