Outdoors notes

Game board rejects bear hunt proposal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Board of Game on Tuesday turned down a proposal to allow hunting of the famous McNeil River bears on land next to their sanctuary.

The decision followed strong public opposition to allow hunting on 95,000 acres next to the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, home to the largest congregation of brown bears in the world.

The game board reversed its earlier decision to open up the proposed area to hunting for the first time since statehood. That regulation was to take effect July 1, opening the way for an October hunt.

The board's unanimous vote Tuesday came after it received thousands of e-mails and letters protesting the hunt.

Idaho weighs plan for wolf delisting

BOISE, Idaho - Pitting memories of wolves howling at the moon against dead cattle and failing ranches, more than 150 people drove from across the state Tuesday evening to voice their opinions on the proposed removal of gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains from the federal endangered species list.

Backers of the delisting process say the wolf recovery effort in the northern Rockies has been a wild success, and it's time to take the animals off the list before they do damage to the state's livestock industry and wild elk herd.

But most of the testimony was against removing the animals from the list, calling it a politically driven decision that would undo all of the progress made in the state over the past 11 years.

Olympian news services