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Title 5 . Fish and Game
Chapter 92 . Statewide Provisions
Section 165. Sealing of bear skins and skulls

5 AAC 92.165. Sealing of bear skins and skulls

(a) Sealing is required for brown bear taken in any unit in the state and black bear of any color variation taken in Units 1 - 7, 11 - 17, 19(D), and 20. A seal must remain on the skin until the tanning process has commenced. A person may not possess or transport the untanned skin or skull of a bear taken in a unit where sealing is required, or export from the state the untanned skin or skull of a bear taken anywhere in the state, unless the skin and skull have been sealed by a department representative within 30 days after the taking, or a lesser time if requested by the department, except that

(1) in Unit 3, Kuiu Island, black bear taken by a nonresident hunter must be sealed within 14 days after the taking and may not be transported from Units 1 - 4 until sealed;

(2) repealed 7/1/2005;

(3) in Unit 8, brown bear taken may not be transported from that unit until sealed;

(4) in Unit 19(D), black bear taken in Unit 19(D) outside of the wolf predation control area described in 5 AAC 92.125(1) need not be sealed; however, the hide of a black bear taken from January 1 through May 31 in Unit 19(D) outside of the wolf predation control area may not be transported from Unit 19 until sealed;

(5) in Unit 20(E), brown bear taken may not be transported from that unit, except to Tok, until sealed;

(6) repealed 7/1/2004;

(7) in Unit 9(B), all drainages in Unit 9(E) that drain into the Pacific Ocean between Cape Kumliun and the border of Unit 9(D) and Unit 9(E), Unit 17, Unit 18, that portion of Units 19(A) and 19(B) downstream of and including the Aniak River drainage, Unit 21(D), Unit 22, all drainages in Unit 23 except for the Baldwin Peninsula north of the Arctic Circle, Unit 24, and Unit 26(A), brown bear taken by a resident hunter under a subsistence registration permit need not be sealed unless removed from the area described in the permit or presented for commercial tanning within that area; if the skin or skull are removed from the area described in the permit or presented for commercial tanning within that area, they first must be sealed by a department representative;

(8) repealed 7/1/2004;

(9) repealed 7/1/2004.

(b) A person who possesses a bear in a unit where sealing is required shall keep the skin and skull together until a department representative has removed a rudimentary premolar tooth from the skull and sealed both the skull and the skin. The department may require that the skull of the bear be skinned and that the skin and skull not be frozen at the time of sealing.

(c) Except as provided in (a)(7) and (d) of this section, a person who takes a bear in a unit where sealing is required, must personally present the skin and the skull to a department representative for sealing within 30 days after the taking, or a shorter time if requested by the department, and must sign the sealing certificate at the time of sealing.

(d) A person who takes a bear in a unit where sealing is required, but is unable to present the skin and skull in person, must complete and sign a temporary sealing form and ensure that the completed temporary sealing form, along with the bear skin and skull, are presented to a department representative for sealing within 30 days after the taking.

(e) If a person takes a brown bear while on a guided hunt or while hunting with a resident relative under AS 16.05.407 , the hunter, and the guide or resident relative who accompanied the hunter, must sign the sealing certificate. If a temporary sealing form is used, the hunter, and the guide or resident relative who accompanied the hunter, must sign the temporary sealing form.

(f) A person may not falsify any information required on the sealing certificate or temporary sealing form provided by the department.

(g) As used in this section,

(1) "sealing certificate" means a form used by the department for recording information when sealing a bear;

(2) "temporary sealing form" means a form available at department offices for providing information regarding date and location of bear kill, species of bear, name and address of the hunter, name of the guide, and other information requested by the department on the form.

History: Eff. 7/5/85, Register 95; am 11/1/85, Register 96; am 8/8/87, Register 103; am 7/14/88, Register 107; am 8/20/89, Register 111; am 8/10/91, Register 119; am 7/1/92, Register 122; readopt 5/13/93, Register 126; am 7/7/94, Register 131; am 7/16/95, Register 135; am 7/26/97, Register 143; am 7/1/98, Register 146; add'l am 7/1/98, Register 146; am 7/1/2000, Register 154; add'l am 7/1/2000, Register 154; am 7/1/2001, Register 158; am 8/22/2001, Register 159; am 7/1/2002, Register 162; am 7/1/2004, Register 170; add'l am 7/1/2004, Register 170; am 7/1/2005, Register 174

Authority: AS 16.05.255

AS 16.05.258

AS 16.05.370

AS 16.05.920

Editor's note: At its November 9 - 11, 1992, January 19 - 28, 1993 meeting, the Board of Game readopted 5 AAC 92.165 in its entirety, without change, under ch. 1, SSSLA 1992 (the 1992 subsistence law), which repealed and reenacted AS 16.05.258 .

(a) Sealing is required for brown bear taken in any unit in the state and black bear of any color variation taken in Units 1 - 7, 11 - 17, 19(D), and 20. A seal must remain on the skin until the tanning process has commenced. A person may not possess or transport the untanned skin or skull of a bear taken in a unit where sealing is required, or export from the state the untanned skin or skull of a bear taken anywhere in the state, unless the skin and skull have been sealed by a department representative within 30 days after the taking, or a lesser time if requested by the department, except that

(1) in Unit 3, Kuiu Island, black bear taken by a nonresident hunter must be sealed within 14 days after the taking and may not be transported from Units 1 - 4 until sealed;

(2) repealed 7/1/2005;

(3) in Unit 8, brown bear taken may not be transported from that unit until sealed;

(4) in Unit 19(D), black bear taken in Unit 19(D) outside of the wolf predation control area described in 5 AAC 92.125(10) need not be sealed; however, the hide of a black bear taken from January 1 through May 31 in Unit 19(D) outside of the wolf predation control area may not be transported from Unit 19 until sealed;

(5) in Unit 20(E), brown bear taken may not be transported from that unit, except to Tok, until sealed;

(6) repealed 7/1/2004;

(7) in Unit 9(B), all drainages in Unit 9(E) that drain into the Pacific Ocean between Cape Kumliun and the border of Unit 9(D) and Unit 9(E), Unit 17, Unit 18, that portion of Units 19(A) and 19(B) downstream of and including the Aniak River drainage, Unit 21(D), Unit 22, all drainages in Unit 23 except for the Baldwin Peninsula north of the Arctic Circle, Unit 24, and Unit 26(A), brown bear taken by a resident hunter under a subsistence registration permit need not be sealed unless removed from the area described in the permit or presented for commercial tanning within that area; if the skin or skull are removed from the area described in the permit or presented for commercial tanning within that area, they first must be sealed by a department representative;

(8) repealed 7/1/2004;

(9) repealed 7/1/2004.

(b) A person who possesses a bear in a unit where sealing is required shall keep the skin and skull together until a department representative has removed a rudimentary premolar tooth from the skull and sealed both the skull and the skin. The department may require that the skull of the bear be skinned and that the skin and skull not be frozen at the time of sealing.

(c) Except as provided in (a)(7) and (d) of this section, a person who takes a bear in a unit where sealing is required, must personally present the skin and the skull to a department representative for sealing within 30 days after the taking, or a shorter time if requested by the department, and must sign the sealing certificate at the time of sealing.

(d) A person who takes a bear in a unit where sealing is required, but is unable to present the skin and skull in person, must complete and sign a temporary sealing form and ensure that the completed temporary sealing form, along with the bear skin and skull, are presented to a department representative for sealing within 30 days after the taking.

(e) If a person takes a brown bear while on a guided hunt or while hunting with a resident relative under AS 16.05.407 , the hunter, and the guide or resident relative who accompanied the hunter, must sign the sealing certificate. If a temporary sealing form is used, the hunter, and the guide or resident relative who accompanied the hunter, must sign the temporary sealing form.

(f) A person may not falsify any information required on the sealing certificate or temporary sealing form provided by the department.

(g) As used in this section,

(1) "sealing certificate" means a form used by the department for recording information when sealing a bear;

(2) "temporary sealing form" means a form available at department offices for providing information regarding date and location of bear kill, species of bear, name and address of the hunter, name of the guide, and other information requested by the department on the form.

History: Eff. 7/5/85, Register 95; am 11/1/85, Register 96; am 8/8/87, Register 103; am 7/14/88, Register 107; am 8/20/89, Register 111; am 8/10/91, Register 119; am 7/1/92, Register 122; readopt 5/13/93, Register 126; am 7/7/94, Register 131; am 7/16/95, Register 135; am 7/26/97, Register 143; am 7/1/98, Register 146; add'l am 7/1/98, Register 146; am 7/1/2000, Register 154; add'l am 7/1/2000, Register 154; am 7/1/2001, Register 158; am 8/22/2001, Register 159; am 7/1/2002, Register 162; am 7/1/2004, Register 170; add'l am 7/1/2004, Register 170; am 7/1/2005, Register 174; am 1/26/2006, Register 177

Expires May 25, 2006 unless made "permanent" by the adopting agency.

Authority: AS 16.05.255

AS 16.05.258

AS 16.05.370

AS 16.05.920

Editor's note: At its November 9 - 11, 1992, January 19 - 28, 1993 meeting, the Board of Game readopted 5 AAC 92.165 in its entirety, without change, under ch. 1, SSSLA 1992 (the 1992 subsistence law), which repealed and reenacted AS 16.05.258 .


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