Originally Posted by Zhurh
Friends who live on Kodiac, tell me all the hunters have had an affect on brown bear population dynamics. Everybody wants the big bear. In the past, those huge grizz down there killed off many of the younger bear, kept the balance right. Now, there's an imbalance with all kinds of 400-500 lb brown bear nobody wants to shoot when they are paying huge sums to the guides who gladly make promises and take their money. Bigger brown bear are few and far between, almost nonexistent friends claim.
Where I live the explosion of wolves have hurt the moose more than anything else.
Agreed! As a an AK nate. Ive seen it first hand. It used to be that we hunted for all of our meat for the table.. now.. Not so much. but I do remember seeing the massive, 50 mile long Caribou migration, and now, while still impressive, is nothing compared to what it used to be, and I blame the wolves. For sure. Still, we are prolly to blame for the lack of size in todays big game in general. Same idea as why nobody sticks 75# Kings on the Kenai anymore? I dunno, but I do know many more people are aware about conservation efforts, and that is something we can be proud of, even while todays trophies are not as impressive as those of years past.