- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska’s grizzly bear license plate has made its comeback and is gaining popularity among vehicle owners.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (http://bit.ly/1FTeiHq ) Alaska’s Division of Motor Vehicles released the grizzly bear license plates on May 7, and since then 75 percent of the general-issue license plates have been the grizzly design.

A bill the Legislature passed last year reintroduced the plates.

The license plate was modeled on a 1976 bicentennial design. It features a brown bear standing on its hind legs with a backdrop of mountains and sun. The difference in the two designs can be found in the grizzly’s fur, which was darkened because the original was often confused for a gopher.

The division’s director, Amy Erickson, said last week there had been more than 3,700 issued since the release.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com

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