Alaska Fish & Wildlife News
June 2009

Seward Peninsula Muskoxen
Making a comeback

By Sue Steinacher and Region V Staff

An animal once extinct in Alaska is making a terrific comeback–for now–as the number of muskoxen on the Seward Peninsula has reached levels that offer increased opportunities for both viewing and hunting.

The original muskoxen in Alaska died out in the 1800s, but a program to reestablish muskoxen on the Seward Peninsula has so far been extremely successful. Muskoxen from Greenland were brought to the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in 1930, and a small group transplanted to Nunivak ...   Muskoxen ArticleContinued

Stream Bank Rehabilitation

By Amber Bethe and Dean Hughes

When the Yeasel's built their home next to the Kenai River, nobody told them that stream bank erosion and channel movement were a natural part of the life of a river. They built their house and grew a lush, green lawn at the edge of the river. They enjoyed an idealistic setting where they could park their boat on the streambank, fish from the shore, and enjoy an unobstructed few of the river from the windows of their house.

“Most landowners do not understand that removing the vegetation ...   Stream Bank Rehab ArticleContinued

ADF&G Multimedia Library
Offers Streaming Video

By Riley Woodford

If you want to learn how to field dress a moose, catch and filet a pike, get a dog out of a marten trap or judge a trophy brown bear, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game can help.

About a dozen instructional and educational videos are now available online as streaming video. A quick visit to the multimedia library at the department's website provides access to “Field Care of Big Game Meat,” “Is This Moose Legal” and other streaming videos. These are WMV files and require Windows Media ...   Streaming Video ArticleContinued

The Online Hunter Education Course

By Riley Woodford

Almost 4,000 people took hunter education in Alaska last year. These students learned first hand in the classroom, in the field, and at a shooting range. Now the Department of Fish and Game is offering a new option for Hunter Education – an online course.

The online hunter education course still requires an in-person test of practical skills, face to face with an instructor, but now much of the course work and preparation can be done online.

The Online Hunter Education course ...   Online Hunter Ed ArticleContinued