Bill pushes safety as Fish & Game priority

Citing recent summer maulings and the changing habits of bears entering Alaska's cities, Anchorage Rep. Charisse Millett has proposed a bill that would make public safety the Department of Fish and Game's No. 1 priority in Anchorage.

The bill would amend the department's mission statement and make it clear that police can kill bears that pose a threat to people in the city.

Millett, a Republican representing South Anchorage, is holding a public meeting on the proposal at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Goldenview Middle School, 15800 Goldenview Drive.

The bill is HB 281.

Anchorage Daily News