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Ever Wonder How Much Brown Bears Eat?
Brown bear that I killed walked out of his den and went straight and killed mature bull moose. So I certain that calves wouldn’t stand a chance.
That’s an amazing number of kills. I was lucky enough to hunt brown bears over bait a couple years ago, and got one, first night.
An average of 34 animals each in a single spring.
I would never have guessed that number. Dang!
take a long nap, wake up really hungry. WoW!
Alaska gets a lot of political crap for actually managing predators. But the mgt work is based on SCIENCE. We have a lot of areas where predators take over 80% of the annual production (calves, fawns) of large ungulates. Most neo-natal mortality is due to bears. Wolves take a toll on those that survive the first few weeks.
Interesting, never would have thought it that high.
Predation in general is usually bigger than most people realize. Here in CO lions kill around 40X more deer than bowhunters each year and thats using the CPW's low estimate on lion populations.
Agree with Pete!
If you enjoy hunting Alaska, and you are able, shoot predators when you can because the state is slowly losing the ability to allow the proper level of predator management that is needed for several species to thrive.
If they wanted to get serious about predator management they would allow NR hunters to shoot brown and grizzly bears without the use of a guide. When I hunted AK last year the people I spoke with indicated that most residents only ever shoot one bear and didn't have interest in pursuing them after that. I am pretty sure they would sell a lot more bear tags if they made it legal for NR to hunt them without a guide.
Same issues here in Ontario. Most residents don't hunt predators, which account for a large number of calf / fawn mortality.
So glad they reinstated the spring bear hunt, too bad it got de-railed this year. We really appreciate our American bear hunters! SAVE A MOOSE... HUNT BEARS!
From the size of the pile of poop I saw the last time I was in AK I am guessing it was 20 lbs. a meal.