JUNEAU - The Alaska Board of Game has nixed a proposal to bring back bear baiting to parts of Southeast Alaska, but voted to allow limited wolf trapping on Douglas Island.
The board's decision Thursday came two days after Alaska voters rejected a proposal for a statewide ban on bear baiting.
The management zone that will continue to disallow the practice includes areas around Juneau, Gustavus, Hoonah and south of the Taku River.
Hunters who bait bears typically do so with sweet or greasy food to lure the bears in close enough to kill.
Board members considered amending the Juneau bear baiting proposal to allow baiting west of Lynn Canal and south of the Taku River, but the board's attorney said that would have conflicted with recent revisions to state law.
Juneau is the area where bear baiting is most contentious in the state, Department of Law attorney Kevin Saxby said.
The board also voted down a proposal to prohibit hunting within one-quarter mile of a home or road in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.
The board tabled until its March meeting any major revisions to the moose hunt in Gustavus. It rejected a proposal to create an archery-only hunt for moose in Gustavus but accepted a proposal for a longer archery-only goat hunt in a small game area along the Taku River.
The was to meet again Friday and vote on regional, statewide and Sitka game management unit proposals, including a review of bear hunting closures on Admiralty Island.
Information from: Juneau Empire