Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Second-worst chinook forecast since ‘95

This is the fourth straight year that too few salmon were expected for there to be an allowable catch.

 

A black bear sporting numerous lacerations on its face hunts for salmon along Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Gov. Dunleavy names acting head of fish and game

The Republican governor’s office announced that Doug Vincent-Lang would take the job.

 

The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
                                 The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Prince of Wales wolf hunt numbers set

Once feared endangered, wolf numbers on fourth-largest U.S. island have rebounded.

The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
                                 The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Two mountain goats browse along the hillside near Nugget Falls on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Mountain goats still recovering from harsh winters in the 2000s

Hunting on the Blackerby Ridge area closed Wednesday after one male goat was harvested. Local mountain goat populations are increasing, but still haven’t climbed back… Continue reading

Two mountain goats browse along the hillside near Nugget Falls on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Roger Castillo watches as a coho salmon he caught leaps he fishes at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the limit to 12 coho salmon in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area due to the large number of returning hatchery coho salmon in excess of broodstock needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Roger Castillo watches as a coho salmon he caught leaps he fishes at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the limit to 12 coho salmon in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area due to the large number of returning hatchery coho salmon in excess of broodstock needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Roger Castillo watches as a coho salmon he caught leaps he fishes at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the limit to 12 coho salmon in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area due to the large number of returning hatchery coho salmon in excess of broodstock needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Roger Castillo watches as a coho salmon he caught leaps he fishes at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the limit to 12 coho salmon in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area due to the large number of returning hatchery coho salmon in excess of broodstock needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A black bear near Steep Creek on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Angelo Saggiomo | Juneau Empire File)

Trapper’s wolf snare kills second bear this summer

For the second time this summer, wolf snares set by a Juneau hunter killed a black bear.

A black bear near Steep Creek on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Angelo Saggiomo | Juneau Empire File)
A male pink salmon makes its way upstream to spawn in August of 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Pink harvest lowest in 40 years

This year’s pink salmon harvest has been dismal.

A male pink salmon makes its way upstream to spawn in August of 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Southeast to get new Wildlife Supervisor

From Yakutat to Ketchikan, a new wildlife supervisor will direct hunting and wildlife conservation in Southeast. Ryan Scott, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Regional… Continue reading

Ballot Measure 1 forum set for Monday

A lot of questions remain for voters ahead of the Nov. 6 general election. None may be more pressing than what effect Ballot Measure 1,… Continue reading

A Sitka black-tailed deer munches on dandelions along the Glacier Highway Bypass on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Experts expect plentiful deer season

Deer hunting season starts today, and biologists are projecting it to be another busy one. Ryan Scott, the regional supervisor for the Alaska Department of… Continue reading

A Sitka black-tailed deer munches on dandelions along the Glacier Highway Bypass on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Wolf-hunting buffer must come from board or Legislature

One of the core constitutional duties of the Alaska Legislature is to manage our fish and game resources among many competing uses — subsistence and… Continue reading

Board of Game upholds restriction on sheep spotting by plane

Using an airplane to spot Dall sheep while hunting will stay illegal in the state for now. The Board of Game on Tuesday reaffirmed its… Continue reading