Thirty people volunteered to participate in Dillingham’s bird count on Saturday. Last year, 18 participated. The volunteers this year spotted 19 species, including the possible sighting of a species new to Dillingham’s Christmas count.
Mercury builds up in older, predatory fish that live in some lakes in Katmai National Park and Preserve and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Continuing research suggests mercury in these ecosystems has both natural and anthropogenic sources.
Neil Barten breifed the Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee about recent predation on caribou calves, and how the state is moving to expand the intensive wolf control area to 10,000 sq. miles, covering most of Unit 17B.
It looks increasingly likely that the Pacific Ocean cooling trend known as La Niña will continue at least through the coming winter. That’s according to the latest analysis from the Climate Prediction Center, which now says it’s up to 75 percent confident that a weak La Niña in place will persist perhaps through April.
Proposal 148 would allow hunters to position the animals (plus wolves and wolverines), rather than position the hunter, which most admit is currently common practice. But biologists say chasing vulnerable Nushagak Peninsula caribou in the spring could be dangerous to the health of the herd.
With a new population estimate for 17A moose showing numbers higher than the managed range, advisory committees and state, federal biologists support request for an extra week at the end of the fall hunt.