Kenai Peninsula tackling invasive plant problem

...spread have been successful, said Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Supervisory Biologist Dr. John Morton. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has not found the plant anywhere else on the peninsula."To the best of our knowledge, it only occurred...
Southeast Alaska's invisible (and invasive) war

There are wars most people don't notice right here in Juneau. There's a war between fireweed and reed canary grass out at Brotherhood Bridge. There's one between thimbleberry patches and Bohemian knotweed out at Auke Recreation Area.
Scientists ask for public help with sick otters

HOMER - Scientists are turning to the public for help dealing with sick and dead otters in Alaska. The U.S.
Researchers investigate uptick in stranded and dying otters

...expected, with 200 deaths or illnesses reported so far in 2015, the Peninsula Clarion reported.Homer-based U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy refuge manager Marc Webber says the otters are probably ill, though they were not skinny or showing...
Groups signal plan to sue over effort to save bull trout

BOISE, Idaho - A federal plan to bolster threatened populations of bull trout in five Western states falls short, two conservation groups said as they filed notice of their intention to sue the government.
Nation and World
Anchorage library loans out skulls, furs

ANCHORAGE - Need to borrow a polar bear fur? Or a walrus skull complete with tusks? Or how about a beluga whale vertebrae or piece of baleen?All you need is a library card and a trip to the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.The library - better known as ARLIS - is home to the furs, mounts and skulls collection. It's where hundreds of animal specimens from wolverine furs to stuffed puffins are available for checkout by the general public.
My Turn: The Alexander Archipelago Wolf

Is "The Alexander Archipelago Wolf" a rare threatened species? No! It doesn't exist!"Cry Wolf" is simply a part of the ongoing preservationist's campaign to eliminate natural resource development in a multi-governed area that has a problem with its ownership/management and identity.Imagine living in a region that has four names, one unknown to 84 percent of the local residents.A region where a remote government owns almost all land, air and water.A region where another government owns almost all animals and the land's subsurface.Welcome to:
Alaska Editorial: Slaughter of two dozen animals for ivory a callous, cowardly act

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: An apparent slaughter of more than two dozen walruses on Alaska's northwest coast last week was enough to shock the conscience of any Alaskan.
Dead walruses found on northwest beach

ANCHORAGE - Walrus carcasses were found last week on a northwest Alaska beach, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the deaths appear to be natural.
Agency investigates deaths of 25 walrus on Alaska coast

ANCHORAGE - A federal agency is investigating the deaths of 25 walrus found on a northwest Alaska beach.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Andrea Medeiros says a cause of death has not been determined for the animals found near Cape...


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