Monday, October 04, 2010

Fall-Winter Board of Game Meetings Scheduled

The Alaska Board of Game has posted its schedule for this winter's meetings concerning Nelchina caribou and bear trapping regulations, and issues pertaining to Southeast, Central / Southwest Alaska, and the Southcentral regions. The schedule is as follows (taken from the BOG website):


Meeting Schedule

2010/2011 Cycle

October 8-12, 2010 (5 days), Anchorage

Proposal Deadline – September 2, 2010 Written Comments – September 30, 2010

November 5-9, 2010 (5 days), Ketchikan

Proposal Deadline - August 13, 2010 Written Comments - October 22, 2010

March 4-10, 2011 (7 days), Wasilla

Proposal Deadline – October 29, 2010 Written Comments – February 18, 2011

March 26–30, 2011 (5 days), Anchorage

Proposal Deadline – October 29, 2010 Written Comments – March 11, 2011 *Note – Meeting begins on a Saturday


For information about the Board of Game, contact:

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Boards Support Section

P.O. Box 115526

Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Phone: (907) 465-4110

Fax: (907) 465-6094

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Predator Control Programs Update

Predator Control Programs Update
Currently there are six ongoing predator control programs in various game management units in Alaska. 

The Nelchina Basin wolf management program in Unit 13, which includes the aerial gunning of wolves by ADFG-licensed pilots and gunners, has been effective in reducing wolf numbers and maintaining a spring wolf population objective of 135-165 wolves. Moose numbers are increasing and more hunting opportunities for both resident and non-resident hunters have been authorized.

In unit 16, across Cook Inlet west of Anchorage, the ongoing wolf and bear management program continues. The wolf population has been reduced to desired levels, and bear reductions via liberalized control methods, including for the first time in Alaska the snaring of black bears and helicopter transport of hunters who participate in bear control efforts, is ongoing. The moose population in Unit 16 appears to be improving.

The Upper-Yukon/Tanana wolf management program, designed to increase caribou and moose populations in the Fortymile country, that encompasses 18,750 square miles basically between the Taylor and Steese highways, has resulted in an increase in the Fortymile caribou herd population. The most recent population estimate puts the herd at around 46,000 animals, which is close to the minimum intensive management population objective of 50,000 animals.

For more information and updates on other programs, see the most current ADFG press release.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Teacher killed by wolves in Chignik Lake area, Alaska Peninsula

Investigators with the Alaska Department of Public Safety concluded that Candice Berner, a schoolteacher in Chignik Lake, had likely been killed by wolves while jogging near the village on March 8th.
ADFG staff has responded, and at this time has dispatched two wolves in the area. According to ADFG biologist Lem Butler:
"Based on statements of eye-witness observers, observations made at the location of Candice Berner's death, physical characteristics of the two wolves killed, and the proximity of the two wolves to the location of Candice Berner's death, I conclude that it is highly likely that these wolves killed Candice Berner."

Friday, March 05, 2010

Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG) News

New Director of Division of Wildlife Conservation
As of March 16, 2010, Corey Rossi, Assistant Commissioner at ADFG, will replace Doug Larsen as the Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Alaska Big Game Guiding Update

Update on Guide Concession Program planning
For the last two years, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been considering plans to implement a Guide Concession Program that would limit the number of contracting guides that could legally operate on state lands.
Currently, the state of Alaska has no limits to the number of guides that can operate on state lands, and there has been an overcrowding of guides that is causing conflicts and concerns for game populations.
Public meetings were held, and DNR has been taking comments from the public on the Guide Concession Program. The public comment period ended on March 31.
For much more information on the Guide Concession Program, and to review the public comments, visit the DNR Guide Concession Program website.