Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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Growth of the Forty Mile caribou herd in the eastern interior has prompted the state to open the winter hunting season Friday, 2 weeks earlier than normal. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The state Department of Fish and Game is warning pet owners in the Interior and southcentral Alaska about a recent spike in reports of tularemia – sometimes called “rabbit fever.” The disease is treatable, but it’s essential to get an animal to a veterinarian as soon as possible when they’re showing symptoms, like high fever.


Alaska Department of Fish and Game

A mother grizzly was killed by the state after getting into human food in Deadhorse. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports shooting the bear Thursday, and capturing her 2 cubs, after repeated efforts to scare off the animals failed.

Fish and Game regional management coordinator Doreen Parker McNeill says the 10-year-old, 300-pound female had lived in the area its entire life without causing problems, but had recently begun feeding on food discarded in non-bear-proof bins.

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Experts with the state Department of Fish and Game say the black bear that attacked two workers last month near the Pogo Mine was hungry and showing predator-like behavior.

The state plans to suspend its largest wolf control program. The Upper Yukon Tanana area program, which has targeted wolves in an area of the eastern interior since 2004, is scheduled to cease after the 2017-2018 season. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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Eielson Air Force Base officials say they reminded pilots and their commanders participating in a training exercise last month that they cannot harass wildlife that wanders onto military training ranges during a recent exercise. The issue came up after a pilot asked for permission to flow low over several bison to scare them away from the Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely, where the aircraft were preparing for a live-fire training exercise.


National Park Service

Pogo Mine officials have halted field work outside of the main camp after a black bear killed one contract worker and injured another at a remote site Monday. Meanwhile, state Wildlife Troopers and a federal mine-safety official began investigating the bear attack near the gold mine some 38 miles northeast of Delta Junction.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking for the public’s help in reporting sightings of mule deer around the Interior. The deer isn’t indigenous to Alaska, but Fish and Game experts believe the species has been slowly spreading into the Interior from the Yukon Territory. The experts are concerned they may be carrying a parasite that could devastate local moose populations.


Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska Division of Forestry personnel will burn off dry vegetation in two areas around the Delta Junction State Bison Range over the next few weeks. The prescribed burns are intended to improve habitat for bison and other species that live on the range.


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State officials came to the aid of a bear with a can stuck on its head along the Alaska Highway. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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