Feds to shut Fortymile hunt
Friday marked the last day of federally allowed subsistence hunting of Alaska’s protected Fortymile caribou herd, authorities said.
In all, 640 caribou were killed under a federal quota. A winter subsistence hunt with a quota of 40 caribou opens Nov. 1.
The Fortymile herd now numbers about 39,000 caribou. The herd was close to 500,000 strong in the 1920s before dropping to a low of about 5,000 by the early 1970s.
Except for subsistence hunting, the rejuvenated herd is protected by federal and state law with a goal of increasing its numbers to between 50,000 and 100,000, The Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.
The state plans to spend about $100,000 this year to shoot 300 of the 400 wolves in the area that prey on the herd, Regional Fish and Game supervisor David James told the News.