These Mc Neil Bears are very large Alaskan Brown Bears. The mature female, with cubs are about 600 pounds, or the size of large a Yellowstone male grizzly. The male bears are mature at 800 to 1,300 pounds. These bears become large because concentratedr food resource. Razor clams, salmon, berries, and vegetal food is quite abundentl. They see most of this food in the late summer and early fall.
The hunt is supposed to be squewed towards the large males, but the immatue, aggressive 400-600 pound males full of Testosterone, are the most dangerous bears usually, and the males that are shot.
Some of the old ears are very docile, others are very aggressive, when theyt feel intruded upon.
McNeil Creek,and area, is used by about 150 bears.
Most of the bears life cycle is either in Katmai National Park, or the protected McNeil Game preserve.
Bears have become tolerent of an expected human behaviorial pattern. Hunting will change that, and add to the unpredictability of humans.
Bears, for the first few years, will expect humans to behave very tolerent and submissive to them. That will change if hunting is allowed in McNeil Game Range. After several decades ,a generation of bears, including the bears that keep a social fabric of bears together, will change.
Ecotourizm, for bears, is very quickly replacing brown bear hunting in this part of Alaska. Thumb River Brown Bear viewing in nearby Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge, allows males to be hunted in the nearby Karluk Lake. Six hundred pound bears are common, but large multi-thousand pound bears are becoming rarer, as we speak, certainly since the days of the first guided brown bear hunts nearby .