Alaska Department of Fish and Game

It’s a wolverine, and a first-ever wildlife advisory … in Alaska

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)A wolverine making “extremely rare” forays into Anchorage neighborhoods is the subject of an equally rare alert from the state. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued a first-ever wildlife advisory about not bear or moose but wolverine. For the complete story, click here. Tags: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Wolverines

Alaska nixes lynx trapping on Kenai Peninsula

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)KENAI, Alaska — Lynx trapping will not open up on the Kenai Peninsula this year as populations of the wildcat and its prey move through a low cycle. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced last week that the trapping season will stay closed for the peninsula and the region east of the Turnagain and…

Interior moves to lift restrictions on controversial hunting methods in Alaska

Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs.WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. The National Park Service issued…

In Alaska, moose cow returns man’s kick with a stomp

A wildlife official advised others “not to go around kicking moose.” (Bob Drieslein photo)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — State officials say a man was injured north of Anchorage after a moose that he had just kicked stomped his foot in return. KTVA-TV reports that the moose injured the man Thursday morning. State Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said the…

In Alaska, citizen scientists can help keep bat disease at bay

JUNEAU, Alaska — America’s bats are in a bad way. Since 2006, a deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) has ravaged bat populations across America, killing an estimated 6 million with as much as 99 percent fatality. WNS still hasn’t found its way to Alaska, but if and when it does, scientists at the Alaska Department of Fish…

Report: In Alaska, hatchery salmon harvest low as wild stocks return

KODIAK, Alaska — Hatchery-produced salmon accounted for 21 percent of Alaska’s commercial harvest last year, the lowest percentage since 1995, according to a state report. The report by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game found that the smaller catch of hatchery salmon was due to the strong return of wild salmon last year, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported. The…

With fee increases, Alaska fishing license sales drop, but revenue grows

KENAI, Alaska — Sport-fishing license sales dropped in Alaska last year, despite the state Department of Fish and Game recording an increase in revenue from license sales. Division of Sportfish Director Tom Brookover said that the department was expecting the decline in sales because fees rose. Brookover said resident license sales fell by a much higher percentage than nonresident license…

Alaska Fish and Game urges caution as wolf sightings increase in Juneau

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game advised caution for hikers and for dog walkers in Juneau as wolf sightings have increased. Anecdotal reports of wolf sightings in Juneau have increased this year, but assistant area management biologist Carl Koch cannot be sure whether that’s due to an increase in wolf awareness from encounters posted to social…