Bear jam causing concern

    Haines, Alaska (KINY) The Haines Borough will meet with the Director of Alaska's Park Service April 25th to try and resolve congestion and bear jams on the Chilkoot Corridor.

    Borough Manager Debra Schnabel said bears are a big draw although the bus tours may deny that.

    Assembly member Sean Maidy said one suggestion is to no longer allow tourists to leave the buses  while they drive to Chilkoot River park, "It there is a safety issue for people and wildlife, we should start to restrict everybody on this one path."

    Assembly member Heather Lende said her priority is protection of existing businesses.  "I feel like that corridor is full of existing tour business that tell us, the experience is becoming degraded."

    Lende said something needs to be done because tourism is very important to the economy.

    The road is only a single lane.  When a tour bus stops to see bears it obviously shuts down the road and causes jams and delays.  A number of visitors have gone online on various websites to complain about the problem.

    Schnabel said the congestion has been a problem for at least 10 years, "It is a pretty much guaranteed thing that if you went out there during a certain time of the year you would see bears.  There is just a tremendous amount of people."




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