Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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Reports of mountain lions around Delta Junction have led members of a local trail-users group to post a sign on a popular trail advising users about the sightings. But none of the reports were backed-up by photos, tracks or other evidence. So for now, local Fish and Game experts remain skeptical that the big cats are roaming around Delta.


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The state Fish and Game Department says tularemia is showing up early this year in snowshoe hares around the Interior and areas south of the Alaska Range. So a state veterinarian is warning people who own pets or livestock to watch out for the disease – and for predators that usually prey on the hares.


Marine Mammal Commission

For years the number of beluga whales in Cook Inlet has been on the decline. In 2008 they were put on the endangered species list. Recent research by a University of Alaska Fairbanks grad student has turned up a shift in diet in the Cook Inlet belugas that may help explain part of the decline. 

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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.


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