Forty Mile caribou

Karen Brewster

The state is finalizing plans for another Forty Mile Caribou hunt and there’s concern about more trail and land damage by ATV’s along the Steese Highway north of Fairbanks. In August, a 2 caribou bag limit drew thousands of hunters on ATV’s to the Eagle Summit and 12 Mile Summit area, scaring portions of the Bureau of Land Management’s Pinnell Mountain Trail as wells as state lands. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports the issues was central during a Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting last night (Weds).

Karen Brewster

State and federal officials are looking to one another and the public to address trail and other land damage from all-terrain vehicles off the Steese Highway northeast of Fairbanks during the Forty Mile caribou hunt. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

The state is preparing for the final season of its largest and longest running predator control program. The Upper Yukon Tanana aerial wolf kill has harvested about a thousand wolves from the calving grounds of Forty Mile caribou herd since 2004. As KUAC’’s Dan Bross reports, the controversial aerial shooting program is scheduled to sunset this spring so biologists can evaluate its effectiveness.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game / Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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.