My son and I recently returned from a bear "hunting" trip at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary in Alaska. We along with eight other "hunters" were granted a four-day permit that allowed us to observe this protected area and observe the magnificent brown bears in their natural habitat.
The weapons of choice for our hunting party were 35mm film and digital cameras. Each shot of our hunting gear helped to preserve and share our memories of this unique experience. The trophies that we brought home were the lasting memories and beautifully mounted photos that are shared with others.
We are not challenging traditional trophy hunting for brown bear. But there are already ample areas throughout Alaska that allow trophy hunters the right to hunt and kill brown bears for the experience they prefer.
I urge the members of the Alaska Board of Game to postpone their decision to diminish protection of McNeil River bears and carefully consider options that will preserve the very unique experience found at McNeil for the very many other non-trophy hunters of the world.
---- Ed Galbavy / Pensacola, Fla.