Police and Fire for May 21, 2015

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Agency will hunt invasive caribou on remote island

ANCHORAGE - Hunters from a federal agency will travel to a remote island in the Aleutians to kill caribou, an invasive species that threatens wilderness vegetation. The U.S.
Alaskans can help answer 'Where have all the rusty blackbirds gone?'

From April 11 through May 31, Alaskans can use their binoculars to help birds - by reporting sightings of rusty blackbirds for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz. This is the second year of a three-year project.
Subsistent hunters exempt from Federal duck stamp requirements, for now

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week announced an interim policy that implements a new law exempting qualified Alaska subsistence hunters from the requirement...
Yellow cedar under consideration for endangered species protection

ANCHORAGE - An iconic Alaska tree may warrant protection as a threatened or endangered species due to climate warming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday.
The story behind the return of the wood bison

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's reintroduction of wood bison to the Lower Innoko/Yukon Rivers area has made the news lately.
Off the Beaten Path: Wood bison are back; it's a big deal

When I was 19, I encountered my first wood bison. I was riding a mountain bike across Canada, near Liard Hot Springs in British Columbia, when I saw a hulking animal in the ditch.
Alaska wildfire managers prepare for early season

KENAI - Alaska wildfire managers are gearing up for a fire season that could start earlier than usual following a winter marked by warmer temperatures and less snow than normal.The unusual winter is unlikely to affect the level of fire danger in the summer, but it is cause for early preparation, the Peninsula Clarion newspaper in Kenai reported.There is no correlation between a warm and low-snow winter and a busy fire season, according to federal fire weather forecaster Sharon Alden with the Alaska Fire Service.
Feds track seabird loss in North Pacific waters

ANCHORAGE - The number of seabirds, including gulls, puffins and auklets, has dropped significantly in the Gulf of Alaska and northeast Bering Sea, a possible consequence of warmer waters, according to a preliminary federal analysis of nearly 40 years of surveys.U.S. Geological Survey experts found the seabird population density declined 2 percent annually from 1975 to 2012 in the northeast North Pacific, said John Piatt, research wildlife biologist at the USGS Alaska Science Center."Biologically speaking, that's a pretty major change," he said.
Feds document seabird loss in North Pacific waters

ANCHORAGE - U.S. Geological Survey researchers analyzing nearly 40 years of at-sea bird surveys in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea say seabird density has dropped about 2 percent annually since 1975.Research wildlife biologist John Piatt of the USGS Alaska Science Center says a 2 percent annual decline would translate into an overall decline in numbers and biomass of 50 percent or more through 2012.He calls the preliminary results a significant decline.Surveys were conducted in hundreds of ship transits.


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