Story last updated at 12/31/2008 - 11:45 am
KENAI - Brown bears on the Kenai Peninsula had a hard go of it in 2008.
Jeff Selinger, area wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Soldotna, said the year will go down as having the highest recorded number of defense of life and property killings, and the highest human-caused mortality rate for brown bears.
In all, there were 40 brown bears that died as a result of human-caused mortalities in 2008, much higher than the annual average of between 20 and 30 bears killed. There also is still one more bear-tracking collar that has yet to be retrieved before the bear can officially be recorded as dead.