The decision is a loss for Ketchikan’s winter economy and is leaving some feeling cut out of the decision-making process.
The Southeast tribal government in Kake had organized the deer and moose harvest early in the pandemic out of concerns about food security.
Sitka’s Fish & Game Advisory Committee wants to revive a local bear working group to look for solutions to the high number of kills in the community this season.
The proposal has gotten so much attention that the state’s Department of Natural Resources has extended the public comment period through May 20.
The Department of Fish and Game says “it’s hard to get them out of those rafters.”
A large number of unfilled seats on the councils that manage Alaska’s subsistence hunting and fishing has left advocates worried their voices won’t be heard and confused about the process of filling those seats.
The Department of Fish and Game recently detected cases of brucellosis in the Mulchatna Caribou herd.
The state’s plan will likely be overseen by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. But Alaska officials and lawmakers have been pushing for the state to cut the checks directly.
Bears already are knocking over trash cans in Douglas, out North Douglas Highway and near Thunder Mountain.
Alaska has designated fishing as “critical infrastructure” — including sport fishing. But travel mandates could make trips to fishing destinations an upstream battle for people trying to come in from out of state.