Day: October 13, 2017

Biologists spend years mapping Chilkat Valley goat and bear habitat to inform heliski decisions

Every few years, Haines officials decide whether to allow helicopter skiing in new areas of the Chilkat Valley. It’s usually a contentious process where residents debate the economic benefits of heliskiing versus impacts on residents and wildlife. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/13HabitatStudieswINTRO.mp3 Now, local decision-makers will have concrete wildlife data to use when developing heliski policy. State biologists created models to predict whether given areas are critical mountain goat or brown bear habitat. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists who did this research want to be clear on one thing: these studies are not about whether helicopters disturb wildlife. That research...

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Northern Lynn Canal Fisheries Update: Oct. 13, 2017

The 2017 commercial gillnetting season is over in Southeast. Disappointing sockeye numbers persisted in the Upper Lynn Canal throughout the summer. But, a particularly strong run of hatchery chum saved the season. KHNS’s Abbey Collins spoke with Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Mark Sogge about the outcome of the 2017 season....

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