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Katmai Bear Story Brings Suit
       
Katmai bear hunt debate rages on

KTUU Staff / Channel 2 / October 8, 2007

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An update to Megan Baldino's stories on the brown bear hunt currently underway in Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Baldino traveled to Katmai to document the hunt and the controversy surrounding it. Wildlife observers say the bears are habituated to humans and the hunt is unfair. Hunters maintain they are doing nothing wrong.

Hunters there when our crew landed were outraged at the presence of Channel 2 News and threatened civil and criminal action.

This weekend Alaska State Troopers confirmed a citizen complaint was filed against our crew and those traveling with us for interfering in the hunt.

Troopers also said they have made no decision on whether to pursue the complaint. They said part of the law that would apply requires that someone intentionally go in to disrupt a hunt, which our crew did not do.

Despite the alleged interference, the hunt was a successful one. Troopers said they will take those things into consideration as they evaluate the case.

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