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National Park Service

Wolf sightings hit a record low along the road into Denali National Park this summer, and that’s driving wildlife advocates to push for a halt to wolf hunting and trapping on state lands along Denali’s northeastern boundary, where park road area wolves often roam, and are sometimes killed. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

State Veterinarian Bob Gerlach told a crowd that turned out Saturday for the 46th Annual Delta Farm Forum that diseases that afflict livestock and wildlife are increasingly showing up in Alaska. He says other diseases that are on the increase in northern-tier states and Canada also moving in this direction, due to the warming climate, human-population increase and the movement of agricultural products worldwide.


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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.

Wolf Population Declining In Denali National Park

Jun 4, 2014
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.

Spearfishing: A Lesson

Oct 18, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

*This story won an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for Best Feature Reporting in 2013.

Fairbanks, AK - A unique interior fishery came to a close over the weekend.  For one month each fall, Interior residents wade into the crystal clear waters of the Chatanika River to catch whitefish.  They spawn in the fall, unlike other fish in Alaska.  The state limits both the number of permits and the harvest.   But this isn’t your typical fishery.  Instead of rods and reels, or nets, fishermen use spears.

University Dedicates Murie Building

Aug 23, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - University of Alaska, Fairbanks Faculty and Staff gathered Thursday for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Margaret Murie Life Science Building.  The new building houses the Department of Biology and Wildlife alongside the Institute of Arctic Biology. KUAC’s Emily Schwing got a behind the scenes tour of the new state- of-the-art research laboratories, classrooms and offices.
 

State and Feds Continue to Spar over Wildlife Policies

Apr 11, 2013
National Park Service

Fairbanks, AK - The National Park Service released its compendiums for 2013 this week (Monday).  They outline this year’s designations, closures and restrictions for national parks and preserves.   Some of the changes to Alaska’s compendiums this year come in response to state policies regarding predators like wolves and bears.

Photo courtesy of Tim Barnes

A white moose that’s been hanging around Delta Junction for the past few years made another cameo appearance last week at a local bed and breakfast. The latest sighting generated some Internet buzz, when photos of the animal and its calf were posted to a social-networking site. And it’s led a local game biologist to again consider whether it’s an albino or just a colorless cow.