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Group seeks to restore crippled creek

FAIRBANKS - Cripple Creek used to wind and snake its way down Chena Ridge near Fairbanks, until a mining company cut a ditch in the 1930s to create a straighter channel it needed to support its operations.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-15/group-seeks-restore-crippled-creek
State
Researchers studying Pacific walrus population

JUNEAU - Researchers are trying to get a better handle on the size of the Pacific walrus population ahead of an expected decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on whether the animals need special protections. A new report from the U.S.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-10/researchers-studying-pacific-walrus-pop
State
US trained Alaskans as 'stay-behind agents'

WASHINGTON - Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-01/us-trained-alaskans-stay-behind-agents
State
Temporary brown-bear hunting closure opposed

KENAI - A proposed temporary closure of the brown-bear hunting season inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is drawing opposition. Federal officials have proposed halting the hunting of brown bears when the season opens Sept.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-01/temporary-brown-bear-hunting-closure-op
State
Hunters' fight to bring polar bear trophies home

When two Lancaster County hunters pulled the triggers on high-powered rifles on successive days in 2008 in the 40-below-zero air of the Arctic Circle, they thought their two polar bear trophies would soon be striking life-size mounts back home.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-19/hunters-fight-bring-polar-bear-trophies
State
My Turn: Muskoxen are a conservation success

Alaska state wildlife officials announced recently that a special subsistence hunt of muskoxen near Nome has been authorized because a few rogue bulls from the regional wild population of about 150 animals are wandering near and even into town, attacking residents and pets. Normally shy, muskoxen have historically avoided human contact, but some bold individuals may move closer to populated areas to seek protection from predatory wolves and bears.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-08-08/my-turn-muskoxen-are-conservation-suc
Opinion
Judge tosses lawsuit over federal refuge closures

JUNEAU - A federal judge in Alaska has dismissed the state's lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year. U.S.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-31/judge-tosses-lawsuit-over-federal-refug
State
At Wrangell, the cause for a grin is a bear

Even bear experts can be startled. On July 25, the guest presenters at this year's Wrangell Bearfest walked through the woods of Anan Wildlife Observatory and came face-to-snout with a black bear sow and her cub.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-07-30/wrangell-cause-grin-bear
Local
Yukon River king salmon returns see improvement

FAIRBANKS - Alaska fisheries managers said it appears they have achieved their goal of getting a sufficient number of Yukon River king salmon to their Canadian spawning grounds.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-28/yukon-river-king-salmon-returns-see-imp
State
Scientists use CSI-style tests to count Alaska wolf packs

ANCHORAGE - Wedged in a floatplane buzzing low above Prince of Wales Island, scientists sometimes spot the wolves after a good, long rain.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-06/scientists-use-csi-style-tests-count-al
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