USFWS concerned about caribou harvest
On the Y-K Delta
Due to concerns about the decline of the Mulchatna Caribou Herd, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service along with Alaska State Troopers plan to enforce all regulations pertaining to caribou harvest. The herd population peaked in 1996 with about 200,000 animals, then by 2008 dropped to around 30,000. Each fall and winter the herd migrates into the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge and become the responsibility of the Federal Subsistence Board. The Fish & Wildlife Service is concerned with both the number of caribou harvested and other hunter-caused mortality such as wounding loss and the possibility of animals dying from illegal hunting practices. The service reminds hunters that two caribou may be taken between Aug. 1 and Jan. 31 with only one of them being a bull, and that new regulations are in place regarding the harvest. Information is available in the Alaska Hunting Regulation and Federal Subsistence Regulation booklets or by calling the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 907-543-2979 or U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at 907-543-3151.