JUNEAU - Spirit Bears and wolf pups are on the agenda for the Board of Game's Juneau meetings, today through Tuesday.
The board takes proposals from the public and state agencies on modifying hunting and trapping regulations. Its seven members are appointed by the governor to three-year terms.
The 56 proposals will address hunting and trapping of deer, moose, bear, goat, wolverine and waterfowl in Southeast, plus the taking of wolves and bears in the Interior region of the state.
One proposal seeks to clarify regulatory language - generally considered unenforceable - that protects light-colored bears. Earlier this year, a hunter legally killed such a bear in the Skagway area.
Another proposal seeks to ban the killing of wolf pups in dens. Some criticized the Department of Fish and Game for killing pups as part of its wolf control program in the Interior earlier this year.
Oral testimony begins today at 8 a.m. Anyone who wants to testify must have signed up before the Oct. 24 deadline, according to the board Web site. Public testimony continues until everyone has been heard.
After that, the board will consider the proposals. The board works throughout the weekend.
Written comments are accepted on the proposals until they're deliberated. They can be faxed to 465-6094.
For more information on the board meeting, see the state Web site: www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/gameinfo/index.php.