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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 9:54 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

KENAI, Alaska - The Kenai City Council has postponed an ordinance that would ease ownership of chickens in city limits.

The Peninsula Clarion (http://is.gd/OFnSHU) says for now residents who want to raise backyard chickens will have to apply for a conditional use permit.

The council voted to refer the ordinance easing chicken ownership to the Planning and Zoning Commission, which is expected to get back to the council on March 6.

Some residents are concerned that more backyard chickens means more bears would be attracted to chicken coops.

Kenai area Fish and Game wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger says chickens were the top cause for defense of life and property brown bear killings this year on the Peninsula. But, he says, electric fences have proven very successful at keeping brown bears away from chickens.

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