Discussion Topic: Should Bear Watchers Trump Bear Hunters?

_Persuaded by a flood of public testimony, the [Alaska] Board of Game unanimously voted Tuesday not to allow bear hunting on state lands near one of the world's premier bear-viewing areas.

The Alaska Game Board voted two years ago to allow the hunt on land -- two parcels totaling about 95,000 acres -- south and east of McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

This decision would have taken effect this July, opening the way for a hunt in October for the first time in 22 years.

The board bowed to public testimony provided at the meeting, which began Friday, as well as thousands of letters and e-mails that overwhelmingly opposed the hunt, Chairman Cliff Judkins of Wasilla said._

The head of the pro-hunting Alaska Outdoor Council supported the decision calling it the politically correct move. Do you agree?