I oppose the McNeil River area bear hunt. This is one of the most beautiful areas within Alaska where you can visit nature up close and personal. Hunting north and south of the river should be set 25- to 50-miles away from where the bears fish for food and visitors travel to see the bears in their natural habitat. Only during peak fishing seasons is the McNeil River engulfed with bears. When the fish leave, so do the bears.
Being able to visit an area so close to wildlife is an exhilarating experience and one to remember. Keep this area safe and protected for the bears and the tourists. Keep the hunters out!
---- Kitty Kincaid / Anchorage