Story last updated at 10/9/2013 - 1:17 pm
YAKUTAT - The Yakutat District Ranger, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, has established the moose harvest quota for Unit 5A, except the Nunatak Bench, at 55 bulls. No more than 25 of those bulls are to be taken from the area west of the Dangerous River. This quota is effective for the 2013 Federal Subsistence moose season, which is Oct. 8 to Nov. 15.
Recent surveys by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service indicate a low bull:cow ratio, particularly on the western forelands. The Yakutat area received a heavy snowfall during the 2011-2012 winter, which may have impacted the overall population. The harvest quota has been established to improve the bull:cow ratio and increase productivity of the herd, thereby providing long-term subsistence harvest opportunities.
Please be aware of recent land status changes in the Yakutat area. Specifically, National Forest lands within the Nine Township area are now designated as Federal Lands open to subsistence hunting. Updated maps are available at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Forest Service offices in Yakutat.
For additional information, contact U.S. Forest Service Yakutat District Ranger Lee Benson or Wildlife Biologist Susan Oehlers at 907-784-3359.