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6:01 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Canadian Biologist Says Few Management Options Are Left Despite High Chinook Escapement This Year

Fairbanks, AK - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports this summer’s run of Chinook salmon on the Yukon River is complete, but across the border, the fish are still swimming upstream, headed for their spawning grounds.  Canadian management strategies are also aimed at conserving a dwindling king salmon population.

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Wildlife
6:46 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Alaska Exceeds Canadian Chinook Escapement Goal, Decline Remains a Mystery

Fairbanks, AK - The Yukon River Chinook salmon run is nearly complete according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. It's only the third time in eight years escapement goals lined out in a treaty between Alaska and Canada have been met.

This year, managers up and down the Yukon River set restrictions on both commercial and subsistence harvest of King salmon. They were hoping to see up 55,000 fish to pass into Canada.  

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Wildlife
6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Study Shows Single Wolf Death Can Impact Entire Pack

Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fairbanks, AK - A new study indicates that the death of a wolf has implications for the rest of the pack, depending on the size of the pack and the dead wolf's sex. The study is in response to the legal trapping of a breeding female that was part of a well known wolf pack that was frequently spotted in the Denali National Park.
 

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Wildlife
6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

"Among Wolves" Details Researcher's Lifelong Passion

Credit http://www.amazon.com/Among-Wolves-Insights-Alaskas-Misunderstood/dp/1602232180

Fairbanks, AK - The University of Alaska Press recently published a book detailing one biologist’s lifelong effort to chronicle the lives of wolves that live inside the boundary of Denali Park and Preserve.

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Wildlife
6:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Wolf Population Declining In Denali National Park

Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

A survey of wolves in Denali National Park and Preserve this spring turned out the fourth lowest count since biologists started keeping track of the animals nearly 30 years ago.  As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, Park Service officials say the numbers show a decline in the population, but they haven’t settled on an explanation.

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Wildlife
3:23 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Resolution Seeks To Halt Chinook Harvesting

Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska Native tribes are taking initiative to protect dwindling Yukon River King Salmon. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, a resolution penned by tribes at a meeting in St. Mary’s last week calls for more control in the management of king stocks. 

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Wildlife
4:02 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Two Year State Predator Control Program Claims 153 Interior Bears

Fairbanks, AK - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game shot 64 black and brown bears from helicopters in the Western Interior this month.  That brings the total number of bears shot during a two-year effort to 153.  The Board of Game approved the program following requests from Kuskokwim river area hunters, who were concerned about a declining moose population.

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Wildlife
6:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

State Seeking Information From Dall Sheep Hunters

Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

A researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is working with the state to find out more about Alaska’s Dall sheep. Complaints from hunters and guides have prompted the state to find out whether there is a problem with existing hunting regulations.  

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Wildlife
6:52 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Fish and Game Expects Low Chinook Run

Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The run size for Yukon River Chinook, or king salmon, is likely to be lower than last year’s.  Fishermen saw the lowest run of kings on record in 2013. Sport fishing throughout the entire Yukon River drainage area, including the Tanana River is closed this summer.  As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, biologists don’t expect enough fish for a subsistence or commercial harvest this year either. 
 

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Wildlife
4:01 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Latest Numbers Show Decline in Wolf Sightings Along Denali Park Road

Credit National Park Service

Fairbanks, AK - Environmental groups are asking the state and the federal government to exchange or purchase land to create a permanent wildlife buffer along the eastern border of Denali National Park.  The  request comes in response to numbers released by the park service that show a decline in the number of wolves viewed by visitors.  

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