The following is courtesy of Angler’s Alibi:
The following is courtesy of Angler’s Alibi:
State warning: That animal killing chickens and rabbits in Anchorage is a wolverine https://t.co/g2SuFNH2Fr
— Anchorage Daily News (@adndotcom) November 14, 2019
Wolverines have always fascinated me – whether it’s the University of Michigan athletics teams – I’m not a big fan of them but they usually provide interesting storylines – or that awesome WOLVERINES!!!! chant in the movie Red Dawn.
The real-life wplverine seems like something of a mythical creature. Wolverines are known to be fierce predators but they aren’t easy to find in the wild. Check out how badass these critters can be when spotted doing their thing.
That brings us to some intriguing news out out of Anchorage. A wolverine appears to be running amok around the city. Here’s the Anchorage Daily News with more:
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday issued a first-ever wildlife advisory about not bear or moose but wolverine to people living in neighborhoods adjacent to Elmore Road, primarily from O’Malley to Dowling roads.
The wolverine has killed chickens and rabbits, according to a notice a state biologist posted Tuesday on the Nextdoor site, a private social network for residents of specific areas. The state recently began partnering with the network to issue wildlife alerts.
The animal was also caught attacking a big, long-haired black cat named Lenny around 2 a.m. Sunday. The cat survived without a scratch but was covered in leaves and slobber, his owner said.
A brown bear was killed by a resident after it raided a chicken coop in Eagle River. https://t.co/171rjDJWHC
— KTUU.com (@Ch2KTUU) November 14, 2019
Here’s a little more on the story, courtesy of KTUU:
“Most of our black bears go into their den in October, but we commonly have at least some brown bears out in November,” he said.
The bigger issue than a late winter, says Battle, is residents not securing livestock with proper gear. He said there’s an easy way to avoid attacks on livestock.
The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
Juneau) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has published preliminary harvest and value figures for the 2019 Alaska Commercial Salmon Fishery (PDF 131 kB).
The 2019 commercial salmon fishery all species harvest was approximately 206.9 million fish with an estimated preliminary ex-vessel value of approximately $657.6 million, a 10% increase from 2018â€™s value of $595.2 million.
Sockeye salmon accounted for approximately 64% of the total value at $421.1 million and 27% of the harvest at 55.2 million fish. Pink salmon were the second most valuable species representing 20% of the total ex-vessel value at $128.6 million, and 62% of the harvest at 129.1 million fish. Chum salmon accounted for 10% of the value at $63.8 million and 9% of the harvest at 18.5 million fish. Coho salmon contributed approximately 5% of the value at $29.6 million and 2% of the harvest at 3.8 million fish. Chinook salmon harvest was estimated to be just under 0.3 million fish with an estimated preliminary ex-vessel value of $14.4 million.
In terms of pounds of fish, the all species salmon harvest of 872.1 million pounds ranks 8th in the 1975-2018 time series, with chum salmon harvest ranking 16th, sockeye salmon harvest ranking 10th, pink salmon harvest ranking 9th, and coho salmon harvest ranking 33rd. The 2019 values for Chinook salmon were the third lowest on record since limited entry began in 1975.
These are preliminary harvest and value estimates which will change as fish tickets are processed and finalized. Dollar values provided by ADF&G are based on estimated ex-vessel prices and do not include post-season price adjustments. Final value of the 2019 salmon fishery will be determined in 2020 after seafood processors, buyers, and direct marketers report total value paid to fishermen in 2019.
Alaskan hero, John Sturgeon's harrowing road to victory at SCOTUS:
"'I've found over the years that if you have the money and you have the willpower and you have good legal advice, you can usually beat the bastards,' Rasmuson said."https://t.co/BnCNfla5x4
— Alaska GOP (@akgop) November 4, 2019
John Sturgeon, an Alaska hunter, made national news when he took his fight to use a hovercraft to hunt on public land. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, a playing field that he won on. But as this week’s Washington Post lengthy profile explains, it was an expensive but satisfying victory that got a lot of attention and support for Sturgeon from some heavy hitters:
Why a warning? Because Sturgeon’s 12-year, only-in-Alaska battle to travel on a forbidden hovercraft through national parkland to his favorite hunting spot cost well north of $1.5 million.
“I had no idea how much it was going to cost, but you start down this slide and there’s no stopping it,” Sturgeon said. “Not many people could do what I did, because they don’t have the financial resources, which I don’t either. But I did have a cause that really ignited people.”…
Among his donors: the Alaska Wildlife and Conservation Fund, the National Rifle Association, the Alaska Conservative Trust, national and international hunting groups, hundreds of ordinary Alaskans and one very wealthy one.
Edward Rasmuson read about Sturgeon’s case, called him up and found him sincere, and then offered to help pay the legal bill. “I maybe gave $250,000 to $300,000 to $400,000 – hell, I don’t know,” Rasmuson said in an interview. “But I’m fortunate. I’m wealthy, I can afford it.”
The story is a long one, but it’s definitely a fascinating read.
“Sturgeon said he never really had to ask people to contribute to his cause — they just offered”
How John Sturgeon beat the odds at the Supreme Court. It cost $1.5 million. Not many Alaskan’s have a hovercraft in this interestingly celebrated case: https://t.co/9uDxjDY2J4
— IndivisibleANC (@IndivisibleANC) November 4, 2019
Last summer, 42 bears were killed by wildlife officials; this summer, there were just 6. Why the difference? https://t.co/CbjvFv3xup
— KTUU.com (@Ch2KTUU) November 5, 2019
KTUU has some details on ADFG’s report about having to eliminate dangerous bears in urban settings:
According to new reports from Fish & Game, this past summer, only six bears had to be killed in Anchorage city limits. That’s a stark difference from 2018, when 42 had to be put down.
Cory Stantorf is the assistant area wildlife biologist for region 14-C for Fish & Game in Anchorage. He said he and other wildlife biologists do not have the perfect explanation for this change. However, he said they have a few ideas.
“It’s a combination of us having a good spring, so the green-up came early,” he said, “Over the last two years we’ve euthanized quite a few bears that have conflicted with humans so some of our conflict bears have been removed from the population.”
A hiker was rescued on the Chilkoot Trail after being attacked by a bear. The person was able to get to a ranger station and call for help following the attack, where they were bitten on the leg. https://t.co/OhQJwdmAej
— KTVA 11 News (@ktva) November 1, 2019
From the Anchorage Daily News: A hiker made it to a cabin to report that a bear attacked and bit him on the Chilkoot Trail in Southeast Alaska. Here’s thd ADN with more information:
Rescuers found the hiker at the Canyon City ranger cabin — nearly 8 miles from the start of the Chilkoot Trail in Dyea, outside Skagway — at around 9 a.m, the park service said. The hiker told rescue personnel they were bitten by a “brown bear” in the lower leg early Tuesday evening along the trail and were able to walk to a ranger cabin to call for help.
The following press release is courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service’s Tongass National Forest:
CRAIG, Alaska – Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), announce that the state and federal hunting and trapping seasons for wolf in Game Management Unit (GMU) 2 will close at 11:59 pm on Jan. 15, 2020.
Management of wolf harvest on Prince of Wales and associated islands, collectively known as GMU 2, was based on a harvest quota and in-season harvest monitoring prior to 2019. When harvest approached the quota, ADF&G and the USFS would close the season by emergency order. This strategy resulted in unpredictable and often short trapping seasons. Trappers noted this strategy limited their flexibility to plan, and at times, has forced them to go out in unfavorable weather conditions to close their traplines in compliance with emergency orders.
ADF&G worked with the USFS, Fish and Game Advisory Committees, the Alaska Board of Game, the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, and trappers to develop a new strategy that would provide the flexibility and responsibility the trappers desired while sustainably managing harvest of this high-profile, wolf population.
The new strategy manages harvest of GMU 2 wolves by adjusting trapping season length based on ADF&G’s most recent wolf population estimate and its relation to the established population objective. At their January 2019 meeting in Petersburg, the Alaska Board of Game altered harvest regulations to implement this strategy by establishing a GMU 2 wolf population objective of 150-200 wolves, endorsing ADF&G’s harvest management plan, and aligning the opening dates for the state and federal trapping seasons (Nov. 15).
In August of this year, the Federal Subsistence Board (FSB) approved a temporary special action request by the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council to remove regulatory language referencing “a combined Federal-State harvest quota” for wolves in Unit 2 for the 2019-2020 regulatory year. The board also changed the wolf sealing period, the ADF&G monitoring process of placing a tag or seal on harvested animals, in Unit 2 to within 30 days of the end of the season. These FSB actions will promote coordinated management of wolves between ADF&G, and hunters and trappers using the new harvest strategy.
The new harvest management strategy is based on estimating the abundance of GMU 2 wolves. Because dense forest cover makes estimating wolf numbers from aerial surveys impractical, ADF&G, with support from the USFS, estimates wolf abundance in GMU 2 using a DNA-based mark-recapture technique. In fall 2018, ADF&G used the same large, northern and central Prince of Wales Island study area as in 2014-2017. ADF&G also collaborated with the Hydaburg Cooperative Association (HCA) and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) to establish an additional study area, monitored by HCA and TNC staff, adjacent to the southern and western boundary of the original study area. This collaboration expanded the study area to approximately 80% of Prince of Wales Island and over 60% of the land area of GMU 2.
Data collected from October through December 2018 resulted in a GMU 2-wide population estimate of 170 wolves, with high confidence that the actual number of wolves in GMU 2 prior to the autumn 2018 hunting and trapping seasons was within the range, 147 to 202 wolves. This is the most current population estimate. The autumn 2018 estimate was lower than estimates in fall 2016 (231 wolves) and fall 2017 (225 wolves), but well within the population objective range of 150-200 wolves established by the Board of Game. Under the new harvest management plan, when the most current population estimate (170) is within the objective range (150-200) the trapping season may be up to two months long.
The new wolf harvest strategy, built on the cooperative spirit among the ADF&G, the Federal Subsistence Board, and GMU 2 hunters and trappers, offers the full two months of wolf trapping opportunity allowed under the management plan for the 2019-2020 season. State and federal trapping seasons will both open on Nov. 15, 2019, and close on Jan. 15, 2020. The federal wolf hunting season in GMU 2 opened on Sept. 1, 2019, but the state wolf hunting season will not open until Dec. 1, 2019. State and federal GMU 2 wolf hunting seasons will also close on Jan. 15, 2020. Hunters and trappers are reminded that the goal of the new GMU 2 wolf harvest management strategy is to maintain the fall wolf population within the range of 150-200 wolves.
Please call the ADF&G Ketchikan area office at 907-225-2475 for more information. For more information from the U.S. Forest Service, please call District Ranger Scot Shuler at 907-826-1600. Maps of Federal lands within GMU 2 are available at Forest Service offices. Maps and additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program can be found on the web at http://www.doi.gov/subsistence/index.cfm.
— RJ Hayden ?? ?? ??? (@Wulalowe) October 27, 2019
Alaska Public Media dropped an interesting piece recently about the lack of Denali National Park sightings of wolves, namely a record-low amount of animals spotted – one percent of agency wildlife surveys found wolves along the way.
Here’s more from writer Dan Bross:
Biologist and wildlife advocate Rick Steiner has been trying unsuccessfully for years to get the state to close wolf hunting and trapping on state lands along Denali’s northeastern boundary. Steiner points to the damaging impact loss of an alpha wolf can have on a pack, and makes an economic argument for why the state should care, correlating recent poor wolf viewing opportunity with dips in Denali visitor numbers and spending.
“This is kind of the goose that laid the golden egg for Alaska — if we protect it and help restore it,” he said.
A congressional hearing was held yesterday in Washington titled, “The Pebble Mine Project: Process and Potential Impacts.” Among the speakers was our friend from Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge, owner Brian Kraft.
Proud of our man Brian Kraft for his testimony today ?…. #nopebblemine
Here’s more on the hearing from Defend Bristol Bay:
As we noted, it’s been a big week in the fight against Pebble. Yesterday, a Congressional oversight committee held a hearing about Pebble that was full of fire! If you have the time, we recommend you check it out.
If not, here are the highlights:
Chairman DeFazio (D, Oregon) did not pull any punches in his opening remarks. He lead by stating “right from the start, that the Pebble Mine proposal is a bad idea made even worse by the sham review process currently underway.” DeFazio held this hearing in part, because of his “deep disappointment with the Corps of Engineers on their track record of review for this project to date. If the Corps continues its current path to rush approval of this project, I believe this will be a stain on the reputation of this proud institution, which continues to serve as our nation’s premier water resources agency.”
Of course, Pebble CEO Tom Collier was on the defense. He tried to argue that the debate over Pebble was “now over” and their mine would not impact the fisheries. But lawmakers and Bristol Bay leaders reminded him that the Draft Environmental Impacts Statement was facing a mountain of critique from other state and federal agencies. They also reminded Tom that he was less interested in the mine, than he was in accepting that $12.5 million bonus once Pebble Mine gets permitted.
Several Alaskans traveled all the way to Washington DC to testify in front of congress about the importance of Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay leader and director of United Tribes of Bristol Bay, Alannah Hurley, passionately outlined the issues at stake and reminded everyone that:
The two hour long hearing mounted a strong case against Pebble and cast serious doubt on a flawed and corrupt permitting process. In addition to leaders from Bristol Bay and Alaska, the committee also heard from leaders in the jewelry industry and a former executive at Rio Tinto (the second-largest mining company in the world) also testified that much of Pebble’s plan is not only unproven but also stands to lose money.
With a fishing industry that boasts over 1.5 billion dollars in annual revenue and record breaking salmon returns, we can’t risk Bristol Bay for a mine that is based on lies. The Pebble Mine project simply cannot be permitted and this sham of process needs to end now.
Defend Bristol Bay