The common phrase at today’s final meeting of the Alaska Board of Game is: “I don’t want to rush, but we have a lot to get through today.”
Around a dozen people are here at the Kenai Visitor’s and Cultural Center, despite the day-long focus on Kenai Peninsula proposals. Perhaps in part because today the Board of Fish begins public testimony on King Salmon issues, perhaps in part because the public testimony is over; either way, the room is more empty than full.
The health of moose in Unit 15A, around Nikiski, was a big concern. The Board has looked at how to target predators in that area. They’ve also been discussing Kenai Brown Bears at length, sensitive to local frustrations.
The bad news for Hope is that the public hunt there will remain open, despite local concerns.