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YUKON DELTA: Biologists Work on Mystery of the Missing Moose
10 Region, May 6, 2005
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With help from the Kwethluk Village Council, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and a lucky break in the weather, Yukon Delta Refuge collared 25 moose with VHF and GPS radio-collars in just over two days this April. The Kwethluk Moose Project is focused on a moose population that has been struggling to increase in the lower Kuskokwim River and its tributaries despite abundant habitat. This study is critical since Yukon Delta Refuge, ADF&G, and local villages agreed to a moratorium on moose hunting starting in 2004. The study will monitor moose colonization, moose movements, habitat use, and population expansion in areas that have good habitat but few moose. Establishing a healthy moose population on the lower Kuskokwim River and gaining an understanding of the colonization process will greatly enhance the Refuge's management ability and eventually improve subsistence opportunities for local people.

Contact Info: Kevin Painter, , kevin_painter@fws.gov



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