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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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Wildlife
3:36 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

ADF&G Asks Hunters to Hold Off, Give Game Birds a Little More Time

Fairbanks, AK - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has asked bird hunters to hold off for up to two weeks.  While the season for upland game birds looks promising, a late spring means chicks are small and family groups are sticking together later than usual.

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Wildlife
10:18 am
Fri May 31, 2013

State Predator Control Program Claims 89 Bears

Credit Alaska Fish and Game

  Fairbanks, AK - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game took 89 bears this month as part of a predator control program approved by the Board of Game last year.   The efforts are meant to encourage the growth of a struggling moose population in Southwest Alaska.

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Wildlife
6:29 am
Wed December 12, 2012

State Takes Issue with Federal Hearings on Predator Sport Hunts

Fairbanks, AK - A state commission is taking issue with the number of public hearings scheduled by the National Park Service on proposed regulations that would block some state sport hunts for bears, wolves and coyotes in several national preserves.  Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Federal Areas executive Director Stan Leaphart says single site hearings like the one scheduled for tonight at Denali’s Murie Science Center, don’t provide adequate opportunity for public input in effected rural communities.

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Wildlife
9:55 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Arctic Grayling Habitat Limited by Chena Slough Invasive

Credit National Park Service

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a public meeting in North Pole Tuesday night to talk about the changing ecology of Chena Slough.  The slough is undergoing a long term restoration project after biologists discovered the presence of an invasive aquatic plant and a serious decline in the Arctic grayling population.

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Wildlife
6:36 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Wolf Advocates say Lack of Denali Buffer has Economic Consequences

Credit National Park Service

Fairbanks, AK - The decline of at least one wolf pack along the eastern border of Denali National Park and Preserve has wildlife advocates concerned that wolf watching in and around the park could become a thing of the past. The groups argue that a decline in the wolf population could have a dire impact on the local economy.

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Wildlife
10:09 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Park Services Releases Survey Results for Denali Wolves

Fairbanks, AK - The National Park Service this week released the results of this year’s fall wolf count.   The final numbers indicate that the wolf population in Denali National Park and Preserve has fallen by 61% since an all-time high 147 wolves were counted in 2007.  But Biologists are quick to point out that the data don’t necessarily mean the wolf population is in serious decline.

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Wildlife
6:33 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Park Service Taking Comments on Bering Land Bridge Guided Hunts

Fairbanks, AK -  The National Park service released a draft environmental assessment for guided sport hunting in the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve last week.  Superintendent Jeanette Pomrenke says guides quit leading hunts in the Preserve in the mid 1980’s due to a lack of interest. “I think it is because the preserve is remote and hard to reach," she says.  "Also, I think there was just no good market for guiding.  I don’t think it was a popular destination.”

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Breaking
6:39 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Board of Game Unanimously Denies Third Wolf Petition

National Park Service http://1.usa.gov/Ujyjkp

Fairbanks, AK - The Alaska Board of Game unanimously denied a petition Friday that would have closed state land to the taking of wolves along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park.  A handful of wildlife advocacy groups petitioned the Board after the Grant Creek Wolf pack lost two breeding females this spring.  Biologists think the pack dispersed this summer.  

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Wildlife
12:26 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Groups Spar Over Wolf Management and State Constitution

National Park Service http://1.usa.gov/Ujyjkp

Fairbanks, AK - When Wildlife Conservation groups petitioned the Alaska Board of game last week to reconsider their decision not to establish an emergency management zone to protect wolves on the eastern border of Denali National Park and Preserve, they cited the Alaska constitution in the document.  But as  whether the Board has acted unconstitutionally is subject to interpretation.

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