Climate change is causing ecosystem shifts, and the cascading effects impact animals and hunters.
The changes in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge fit a wider pattern of wildlife shifts that affect subsistence users.
The Togiak National Wildlife Refuge announced last week that the Nushagak Peninsula federal subsistence caribou hunt will close when 218 caribou are taken, rather than the original maximum harvest limit of 300. So far, 23 caribou have been reported harvest.
Visitors to Wood-Tikchick State Park were greeted by an unusual sight this summer. Alders that are normally dense, green and leafy were bare.
The Nushagak Peninsula herd caribou hunt opened Aug. 1 for both state and federal hunts, and there’s a little more hunting opportunity this year than in the past.