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Wolf Hunting and Trapping Seasons to Close in Unit 2


December 15, 2015
Tuesday PM

(SitNews) Craig, Alaska - The Thorne Bay and Craig Districts Ranger, Matt Anderson, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, will close the Federal public lands of Unit 2 to the harvest of wolf from 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 20, through the remainder of the Federal seasons. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) will close the state wolf hunting and trapping seasons in Unit 2 at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 20, 2015, through the remainder of the State seasons.

Prince of Wales, Unit 2 Map Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game
Courtesy ADF&G

As of Tuesday, December 15, 2015 five wolves have been harvested in Unit 2. Trappers remain active and have 14 days to report harvest, so this closure is necessary to ensure the harvest does not exceed the combined Federal/State harvest quota set at nine wolves.

Alaska Department of Fish & Game and the Forest Service continue to refine population estimation techniques used to establish Guideline Harvest Levels for Unit 2 wolves. As a result of a recent Alaska Board of Game action, the allowable harvest of Unit 2 wolves was reduced from 30 percent to 20 percent of the unit’s most recent estimated wolf population. Reduced harvest levels and recent regulatory changes are intended to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Unit 2 wolf population.

Forest Service and ADF&G managers extended their appreciation to the local Tribes and subsistence users, for their cooperation and involvement in managing this harvest quota.


Maps of Federal Lands in Unit 2



Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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