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Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
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Wildlife Refuge Plans to Address Cattle Damage to Islands

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A bull stands on a former ranch road on Chirikof Island. Photo Credit Steve Ebbert/USFWS

A bull stands on a former ranch road on Chirikof Island.
Photo Credit Steve Ebbert/USFWS

A cattle skull lies on the tundra on Chirikof Island. Photo Credit Steve Ebbert/USFWS

A cattle skull lies on the tundra on Chirikof Island.
Photo Credit Steve Ebbert/USFWS

Some areas of Chirikof are reduced to sand dunes because of unauthorized grazing Photo Credit Steve Ebbert/USFWS

Some areas of Chirikof are reduced to sand dunes because of unauthorized grazing
Photo Credit Steve Ebbert/USFWS

 

Sandy dunes resulting from overgrazing on Wosnesenski Island. Photo Credit Steve Ebbert/USFWS

Sandy dunes resulting from overgrazing on Wosnesenski Island.
Photo Credit: Steve Ebbert/USFWS

 

A lone bull stands on eroded dunes on Wosnesenski Island. Photo Credit: Steve Ebbert/USFWS

A lone bull stands on eroded dunes on Wosnesenski Island.
Photo Credit: Steve Ebbert/USFWS

 

Grazing has reduced vegetation along streams and waterbodies on Wosnesenski Island Photo Credit: Steve Ebbert/USFWS

Grazing has reduced vegetation along streams and waterbodies on Wosnesenski Island
Photo Credit: Steve Ebbert/USFWS

 

Tangik Island. Photo Credit: Steve Ebbert/USFWS

Location of Wosnesenski and Chirikof Islands south of the Alaska Peninsula.

Chirikof Islands.

 

Wosnesenski Islands.

Adverse impact caused by grazing has caused heavy erosion along coastal areas. Chirikof Island. Photo Credit: Steve Ebbert/USFWS

Trampling and grazing by cattle resulted in erosion and downcutting of this stream on Wosnesenski Island. Photo Credit: Steve Ebbert/USFWS

 

 

 

Last updated: December 16, 2013