Hunting Black Bear in Alaska

Alaska Black Bear Hunt

An estimated 100,000 black bears (Ursus americanus) inhabit Alaska. Statewide, the annual harvest increased steadily between 2003 and 2007, from about 2,500 to 3,250 bears making hunting black bear in Alaska very popular.

Black Bear Hunting in Alaska

When hunting black bear in Alaska, color phases can vary from jet black to white.

Black is most common, but brown or cinnamon color phase black bears are sometimes seen in Southcentral Alaska and on the southeastern mainland. Cinnamon-colored black bears are also common in Alaska’s Interior. Some bluish-colored bears called glacier bears may be found in the Yakutat area and in other parts of Southeast Alaska.

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