Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman Andy Mills said its contractor is waiting for special use permits to mark wetlands and identify cultural resources with the aid of a helicopter.
USGS biologist Sarah Schoen said the project started about five years ago when a major heat wave, known as “the blob,” hit the ocean. Around the same time, there was a die-off of an estimated million common murres — a northern seabird — from Alaska down to California.
The agency in 2016 declined to list the species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
Officials say the Kodiak-based helicopter crew was flying from Kotzebue to Nome when they saw an SOS sign on top of a shack near a remote mining camp.
Three cases of rabies have been reported in Dillingham foxes this spring.
Green crab could be a serious threat to juvenile salmon, Dungeness crab and other wildlife vital to Southeast ecosystems and industries.
Studies in the Yukon have shown that mule deer can harbor a variety of diseases that Fish and Game want to monitor closely.
That afternoon we overlooked bear scat and moved quietly through brushy terrain. We carried one bear spray between the two of us, and I secured it to my pack in a way that made it hard to get to.
The closure will give bears unhindered access to shallower waters.
No vehicles were caught in either slide.