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Small size, big appetites

Recently, I watched some very small mammals scuttling through the meadow grasses, easily running under the fallen stems. They were shrews, which are smaller than most mice.
City mulls fence regs to protect moose

ANCHORAGE - After five moose were gored to death trying to jump over some decorative fences, officials in Alaska's largest city are considering regulations to make the gothic-style fences safer. The Anchorage Assembly on Aug.
Got unwanted musk oxen? Try bear urine to ward them off

NOME - Alaska wildlife officials have turned to an unusual source in efforts to persuade a herd of musk oxen to leave this Bering Sea coastal town for good. Bear urine.
Wolf pups plucked from Kenai wildfire

SOLDOTNA - Responding to a report of an animal den with living occupants found in the smoldering debris of the Funny River Horse Trail Wildfire on Tuesday, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Jeff Selinger didn't know what to expect.
Black bear still awake, patrolling downtown

It may be time to hibernate, but there's at least one black bear in town that's not very sleepy - and most likely, it all comes down to food.
Bear makes surprise visit to Alaskan Bar Monday

A black bear stopped by the Alaskan Hotel & Bar on Monday night, but was quickly bounced by the bartender on duty. Manager Scott Fry was at the hotel's front desk when he saw the bear pass by outside at about 9:15 p.m.
Photo: Autumn harvest

Carlos Cadiente shows off the back bone and back strap of a Sitka blacktail deer Tuesday on the porch of his Star Hill home.
Gustavus cow moose hunt closed this season

The popular Gustavus cow moose hunt has been canceled for this fall season.
First bear sighting in Juneau reminds all to go into spring safely

It's bear season, so be prepared. KINY has reported a black bear spotted around Switzer Village. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Ryan Scott said this is the first sighting he's heard about, and it's right on time. The first bear sightings are generally reported toward the end of March or beginning of April, although it hasn't been uncommon the first reports to come in as early as mid-March.
No on Prop 1

As a retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist and former member of the Alaska Board of Game, I strongly believe we must keep the voter initiative for wildlife issues. My main reason is that we need a check on the Legislature, which passes and threatens to pass wildlife legislation that benefits only special interest groups and is not good resource management. When the Legislature has a majority that can override a governor's veto, as it does now, one of the few ways to overturn poor wildlife legislation is with a voter initiative.


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