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Stories related to subsistence/commercial/sport hunting, fishing, gathering activities.

For Some, It's Not Too Late To Get Another Moose

Mar 20, 2020
National Park Service

If you haven’t gotten a moose this winter, there’s still time for some hunters.

Future Of Salmon In A Warming World - Part 1

Feb 7, 2020
U.S. Geological Survey

Recent research indicates that extremely warm temperatures can turn Alaska’s salmon streams into unfriendly, even lethal habitats. While Alaskan scientists are just beginning to study the impact of warmer temperatures on salmon streams, it is already a familiar reality for many Canadian fish biologists.

Mulchatna Caribou
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Jan. 31 is the final day to legally hunt Mulchatna Caribou this season. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing the hunt Friday, Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m. on state lands. The state issued the emergency order to close the Mulchatna Caribou hunt earlier this week. Hunting for the animals on federal lands closed in December. 

Mulchatna Caribou
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will soon close the hunt for the Mulchatna caribou herd for the rest of the season. The closure will take effect this Friday, Jan. 31, at 11:59 p.m. The restriction is a conservation measure following the herd’s dramatic population drop to half the size that it was three years ago. The hunt was originally scheduled to close in March.


The Red Devil Mine outside the Kuskokwim River village of Red Devil, Alaska sits on BLM land.
BLM

The Federal Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, is looking for local help managing its Alaska lands. BLM is looking for rural Alaskans willing to sit on their Resource Advisory Council. BLM Public Affairs Specialist Melinda Bolton says that the bureau specifically needs better representation from rural Alaskans because they are the ones who live near BLM lands.  

Mulchatna Caribou
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Midnight on Dec. 31 brings the close of 2019 and also the close of the hunting season for Mulchatna Caribou on federal lands. The federal season, originally scheduled to end in March, is closing early because of low herd numbers. However, hunting on state land for these animals will remain open. KYUK talked with managers on both sides about their decisions.


Mulchatna Caribou
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Why the size of Mulchatna Caribou Herd has dramatically declined may not be known, but some things are known about how people can help conserve the herd, which has dropped to half the size it was three years ago. KYUK held a call-in show with local subsistence users and federal managers to share local knowledge of the Mulchatna Caribou and to learn how federal authorities plan to manage the hunt. These are the take-ways.


A gillnet on the river
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Organized Village of Kwethluk wants to liberalize set net regulations on the Kuskokwim River when king salmon conservation restrictions are imposed. The tribe has submitted a proposal to the Board of Fish to allow set nets of 6-inch or less mesh to be used anywhere in the river during times of king salmon conservation.

Mulchatna Caribou
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The Mulchatna Caribou Herd is half the size it was three years ago. The herd has dropped from over 27,000 caribou in 2016 to 13,500 caribou in 2019, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates. To help conserve the herd, state and federal managers have tightened hunting regulations, restricting the bag limit to one caribou. In Game Unit 18, on federal lands, that caribou must be a bull, and the hunt is limited to federally qualified local subsistence users. KYUK hosted a call-in show on Nov. 19 to discuss these regulatory changes, answer questions, and hear from local users about what they've learned about caribou.


Mulchatna Caribou
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Three years ago, there were over 27,000 caribou in the Mulchatna Caribou Herd. Now there are less than half of that, only 13,500, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game surveys. There are suspects for the decline but no identified causes.

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