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KENAI: Agreement Reached on Subsistence Moose Hunt
Alaska Region, November 1, 2005
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Subsistence hunting and fishing issues are always controversial on the Kenai Peninsula where hundreds of thousands of people from around the state, nation, and world come to recreate each year.  Moose hunting on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge continues to top the list for public interest and concern.  Unlike other refuges in Alaska, Kenai has no subsistence purpose in its legislative history; however, provisions of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act create a subsistence priority for consumptive use of fish and wildlife on all federal public lands in Alaska.  Requests for a late moose hunting opportunity during the peak breeding season on the Refuge were opposed by federal and state biologists in the spring of 2005.  The proposal was deferred back to the Southcentral Regional Advisory Council (RAC) by the Federal Subsistence Board which recently revised the proposal acceptably to the Refuge, the Ninilchik Tribal Council, and RAC members.  The negotiated agreement would allow a later hunting season for qualified rural residents to occur October 20 to November 10 (after most breeding is completed).  Additionally the hunt would be limited to bulls with certain antler configurations (spike/fork or 50-inch/3 brow tines) and Game Management Unit 15(A) would be off limits for the hunt, to further reduce conservation concerns.  The proposal now will go back to the Federal Subsistence Board for action before a 2006 late moose hunting season can occur.

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov



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