Wildlife

Fairbanks, AK - The National Park Service will host 17 public hearings across the state beginning Tuesday, October 21 through November 20th to address the agency’s proposals to prohibit some sport hunting on National Park and Preserve lands.

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.

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.

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.

Red Fox Expansion Causing Problems On North Slope

Sep 17, 2014

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.  

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.

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.

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.  

Study Shows Single Wolf Death Can Impact Entire Pack

Jul 9, 2014
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.
 

"Among Wolves" Details Researcher's Lifelong Passion

Jul 9, 2014
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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