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9:51 am
Fri October 17, 2014

After Two Years, Biologist is Still Trying to Count Alaska's Migratory Shorebirds

Fairbanks, AK - Two years ago, one biologist set out to try and count the number of shorebirds that migrate to and from Alaska each summer. The data collected in conjunction with the National Park Service the will help wildlife managers track bird reproduction and survival rates. It may also be useful as off shore oil and gas development moves ahead.

It’s not quite clear how many birds flew north to Alaska this summer, or any other summer prior.

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Wildlife
6:59 am
Wed October 1, 2014

State Mulls Winter Hunts for Problem Moose in Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is considering an option to issue “targeted hunting” permits this winter to take moose that frequent roadways in the Fairbanks area.  Don Young is the area management Biologist.  “There are problem moose in the Fairbanks area," says Young. "We consider them to be a problem if they’re injured and often times when they are injured they do become aggressive and then of course there’s those by the roads," he explains.

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Wildlife
10:07 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Two National Reports Include Implications for Alaska's Feathered Residents and Visitors

The Boreal owl lives in boreal forests and muskegs across Alaska and the northern parts of he continent. According to a new report, it could lose all of its winter habitat by 2080.
Credit John Grahame Holmes/VIREO / National Audobon Society, http://birds.audubon.org/birds/boreal-owl

Fairbanks, AK - America’s birds are in trouble. That’s according to two reports out earlier this month from the National Audubon Society and the Department of Interior.  Both documents indicate climate change could have dire effects for many of the birds that migrate to Alaska each year.

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Wildlife
10:28 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Red Fox Expansion Causing Problems On North Slope

As the winter approaches, many animals are migrating south, but there’s one sly creature that scientists say in recent years has started to remain in the high Arctic in the winter. Red foxes have not only expanded their habitat into the far north, the charismatic, bushy tailed mammal is out-competing the native Arctic fox and causing problems at oil field dumpsters in Prudhoe Bay.

Wildlife Biologist Garrett Savory says the red fox is indeed wily, curious and sly.  

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Wildlife
10:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

National Park Service Proposes Permanent Ban on Predator Hunting Practices in Alaska's Preserves

The National Park Service wants to permanently prohibit some predator sport hunting practices in all ten of Alaska's national preserves.
Credit National Park Service / National Park Service

Fairbanks, AK -  The National Park Service published a proposal in the national register last week that would permanently prohibit some sport hunting practices in Alaska’s ten national preserves.  The Park Service has sparred with the state for years over hunting in National Preserves.

The National Park Service wants to permanently prohibit three predator hunting practices in all 10 of Alaska’s national preserves. John Quinley is the spokesperson for the National Park Service in Alaska. He says those practices were historically illegal in the state until recently.

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Wildlife
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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