Alaska Deer Population:  About 333,000 in 2017, down from around 346,000 in 2016 and 340,000 deer in 2015.  The population is trending higher into 2019 as a result of recent mild winters after the severe winter of 2012.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Alaska hunting data and news archive.  

Alaska Deer News
 
... Relatively mild winters over the past decade have pushed deer populations in the Sitka area to record highs ... “Our population objective for Game Management Unit 4 is 125,000 deer — unit-wide — and I’m fully confident we’re above that number,” ... mild winters since the “Snowpocalypse” of 2007-8. ..,

... According to ADFG hunting surveys going back to 1997, the number of deer hunters on the island has been anywhere between 514 and 796 individuals, with the amount of deer harvested anywhere between 114 to 499. Only 525 hunters harvested a total of 174 deer last year, the second- and third-lowest totals in that time period ... 

.... At least three possible mountain lion sightings this fall in the Delta Junction area are raising questions about whether the reclusive cats are following deer north into Interior Alaska... Alaska isn’t cougar-free. One was shot in the Wrangell area of Southeast Alaska in the late 1980s. A wolf trapper reportedly snared a mountain lion on South Kupreanof Island in 1998..,

... The Federal Subsistence Board had halved the bag limit for non-subsistence hunters ... rejected proposals that would have banned hunting doe on Prince of Wales Island. Proponents say a ban would help the population rebound...

Expanded deer hunt opens near Petersburg October 1, 2019 Alaska, KFSK.org
...on Petersburg’s Mitkof Island and the Lindenburg Peninsula   ... “It seems like things are looking good for deer,” Robbins said. “We’re seeing a steady increase in the numbers.” ... Harvest data is the best way for managers in the region to track the species. The mountainous Tongass National Forest is too dense for aerial surveys ...

... there’s 16 cameras in a cluster and they’re over a square kilometer ... The thick timber is the main reason these deer are so hard to count. But the remote game cams record images of the animals, day or night throughout the year... the U.S. Forest Service, bases its decisions on logging and other development on a theoretical number of deer that the forest could sustain...

ADF&G seeks mule deer sighting photos, samples September 12, 2019 Alaska, KTUU.com
...Mule deer, which are not native to Interior Alaska, are being seen more frequently in recent years and the Department of Fish & Game is asking hunters and other in the public to help the department learn more about the animals...

Mule deer, white-tailed deer expand range into Alaska September 3, 2019 KNBA
... New species of deer are moving into parts of Alaska ... White-tailed and mule deer are not native to Alaska ...They’re concerned deer from Canada may bring in wasting disease or ticks...

When biologists stocked Alaska with wolves August 16,2019 juneauempire.com
... in 1960:  on Coronation Island  ... a high density of blacktailed deer and no wolves... biologists from Fish and Game released two pairs of wolves ... in 1964:  at least 13 wolves...  in 1965:  no sign of deer on the north side of the island ... February 1966:   only three wolves ...wolf scats ... suggesting the animals had resorted to cannibalism ... August 1966:   just three sets of fresh deer tracks... in 1983: no evidence of wolves, but the deer were once again plentiful...

Deer Season Outlook is Good August 10, 2019 Alaska, Cordova Times
... The population of Sitka black-tailed deer, which were transplanted across Prince William Sound in the 1920’s, appear to have fully recovered from the highest snowfall on record during the winter of 2011/2012... population declined 50 to 70 percent...

... White-tail and mule deer are not native to Alaska ... Department of Fish and Game doesn’t know why these deer are migrating or what they’re bringing with them. They’re concerned deer from Canada may bring in wasting disease or ticks...

... “The goal is to develop a new approach to estimating deer abundance that will also give us some information about age structure of the population as well ... involves two winters of DNA sampling, collecting photos over the three years and one year of collaring and tracking deer...

Deer population up between 2013 and 2016 on Mitkof Island April 18, 2019 Alaska, Petersburg Pilot
... ADF&G uses deer pellet surveys, hunter harvest rates and aerial surveys. Between 2004 and 2008, the deer population on Mitkof Island was on a downward trend, but between 2013 and 2016, the deer population was on a upward trend ...

Upsetting news about Alaska wildlife management April 11, 2019 Anchorage Daily News
... The commentary that has riled state wildlife officials is titled “Large carnivores under assault in Alaska.”... The abstract asserts that Alaska’s gray wolves and both brown and black bears “are managed in most of the state in ways intended to significantly reduce their abundance in the expectation of increasing hunter harvests of ungulates ...

... that way of life could be threatened if new roads are built in the national forest surrounding Kake. Historically, large-scale industrial logging in the region damaged deer habitat and salmon streams...

... The Alaska Department of Fish and Game raised concerns over losses to habitat. The state agency asked the Forest Service to minimize old growth clear-cuts to save deer... The Forest Service proposes to thin young forests to stimulate more undergrowth for deer to eat...

The Status and Conservation of the Alexander Archipeiago Wolf in Southeastern Alaska  January, 2019 [PDF will load] DK Person, MA Ingle, R Kirchhoff
...The population numbers about 900 to 1,000 animals, is relatively isolated
from other North American wolf populations and may represent a remnant population of Canis lupus nubilus, a subspecies that once occupied most of the northwestern contiguous United States. Sitka black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis) are the principle prey comprising 70 to 85 percent of the diet. Extensive logging may have adverse consequences for wolves by causing declines in long-term carrying capacity for deer by as much as 50 to 70 percent in some portions of the region...

Alaska wildlife management threatens state's largest carnivores January 15, 2019 Alaska, UPI.com
... In a new paper published in the journal PLOS Biology, ecologists argue the state's management plan privileges moose, caribou and deer over carnivores.  By depressing carnivore numbers, wildlife managers can ensure moose, caribou and deer populations balloon ...

... I don’t believe there’s anywhere in Southeast that has a two-week season except for Petersburg.”  Deer hunting on Mitkof Island was closed in the 70s and 80s after the deer population crashed. It reopened in 1991 ...

... State officials have conducted extensive predator control ... to increase populations of moose, caribou and deer.  Managers of federal refuges have rejected predator control measures  ...

...  shows the moose browsing around some greenery near an entrance before ... sauntering out through an open door...

Let's manage Douglas for deer December 22, 2018 Alaska, Juneau Empire
... The wolves have decimated the deer population, despite our having several mild winters in a row...

... near the North Pole ...Since the mid-1990s, the size of reindeer and caribou herds has declined by 56 percent... from an estimated 4.7 million animals to 2.1 million, a loss of 2.6 million. “Five herds,” out of 22 monitored “in the Alaska-Canada region, have declined more than 90 percent ...

... stops four timber sales that would have clearcut 1700 acres of old-growth rainforest - habitat that is critical to deer which are the primary prey of the rare Alexander Archipelago wolf ... 

We woke up to an ADORABLE Baby Moose and it's Mother grazing and playing in our yard in Alaska. SO SWEET! July 22, 2018


Movi found in Alaska caribou, moose June 16, 2018 Peninsula Clarion
... A harmful pathogen previously known only in goats and sheep has been found in healthy Alaskan moose and caribou... Four herds in the state — from near Dillingham to the North Slope — have tested positive for the bacterium ...

Petersburg teenager pleads guilty to running down deer May 23, 2018 Alaska, Anchorage Daily News
... a 5-second video of the incident that had been posted to Snapchat began circulating online. Shot from inside a vehicle, it appears to show deer walking on the side of the road that are then hit by the car, followed by a burst of laughter from the people inside...

Wolves Are Losing Ground to Industrial Logging in Southeast Alaska May 7, 2018 Earth Island Journal
... For 12,000 years, wolves have roamed Southeast Alaska’s rugged Alexander Archipelago ... study of wolves on Prince of Wales was recently published in Forest Ecology and Management. Logging primarily affects wolves by reducing habitat for deer, their primary source of prey...

New charges are filed in case of Petersburg teens hitting deer April 19, 2018 Alaska, Alaska Public Media
... The video shows the vehicle approaching and then hitting two deer. Ohmer is heard laughing and Davis is heard saying that they got two of them...

... one of the most egregious cases of deer poaching in Southeast Alaska... Most of the violations occurred during the fall 2015 deer hunting season near Chichagof Island’s Elfin Cove and on Admiralty Island’s Glass Peninsula...

... The Klawock Cooperative Association is seeking an increase to the season and bag limit for black bear around Prince of Wales Island. That’s an attempt to lessen bear predation on the island’s deer...

Biologists turn to citizens, DNA to count urban Alaska moose March 6, 2018 Alaska, Washington Post
... Moose thrive in Alaska’s largest city with little to fear from natural predators such as wolves or bears ... Biologists for three days last month asked Anchorage residents to call or text whenever they spotted moose. Teams of moose trackers with dart guns then hurried to the locations. The darts they fired captured DNA samples...

Wolves and logging both cut into Prince of Wales deer December 18, 2017 Alaska, Alaska Public Radio Network
...  deer season has been the worst in recent memory for a lot of hunters on Prince of Wales Island... Large swaths of trees have been logged here since the 1960s. It’s left poor habitat for deer and the other wildlife. Without a canopy of old growth, snow can easily fall to the ground — obscuring important feeding spots...

... Chronic Wasting Disease has not been found in Alaska ...  commercial producers in Alaska, such as the Reindeer Farm near Palmer, take part in a voluntary program to have their animals tested for CWD whenever there's a death from illness, injury, or when an animal is slaughtered...

... everyone in Southeast Alaska can participate in subsistence hunts ...  rural hunters on Prince of Wales Island have been frustrated. Competition for deer has come in the form of a rebounding wolf population, which preys on deer in the area and has been protected in recent years by conservation efforts...

... Before 1940, moose persisted at low densities in Unit 16A (Griese 1995a). Thereafter the unit moose population experienced large fluctuations in population size as a result of die-offs during severe winters. These have occurred at least once every decade (Griese 1996b). A population high was noted in 1997 of 3,636 moose and a low of 1,619 was recorded in 2005. Recovery of the moose population after a severe winter can be hampered by predation (Peltier 2010)...

Wolf hunt may be expanded on Prince of Wales Island November 1, 2017 Alaska, Juneau Empire
... The island’s population of Alexander Archipelago wolves had dipped to a low of 89 animals in 2014, but rebounded last year to 230 animals... Three POW tribal organizations supported the proposal, citing the difficulty of harvesting deer when wolf populations increase...

Biologists optimistic for deer season August 6, 2017 Alaska, Juneau Empire
... We had a significant increase in pellet groups on Douglas, when we went out and took a look at those places, which suggests there are more deer ... A series of low-snow winters in Southeast also bodes well for deer ..,

... the group shot deer from a boat, which is easier than tracking an animal on land. It’s also illegal, except for hunters with special permits for disabilities.  “People shooting deer from the boat tends to lead to what we call higher wounding loss,” ...

Killing predators isn't always wise game management July 17, 2017 Alaska, Alaska Dispatch News
... Recently published research by state and federal biologists on the Fortymile Caribou Herd in the eastern Interior provides strong evidence that both nonlethal and lethal wolf control were ineffective as methods of increasing caribou numbers in this herd. Growth of the herd from 6,000 to 52,000 during 1973-2014 could not be attributed to either form of control...

Changes proposed for subsistence hunting July 8, 2017 Alaska, Ketchikan Daily News
... subsistence hunters in the area may soon be able to hunt deer anywhere on federal public lands in Southeast Alaska... Public comment for both of these issues ... is open until Aug. 4... [read the proposals]

... Although the results from our gap study should not be considered representative for southeast Alaska because they are from only one stand, they do suggest that creating artificial canopy gaps in 58-year-old young growth stands is a viable option for increasing forage resources for deer...

... if it died last fall or early winter, there would not be adult ticks or classic hair loss patterns visible yet. We need help from the public to determine when the animal was hit on the bridge...

... The deer isn’t indigenous to Alaska, but Fish and Game experts believe the species has been slowly spreading into the Interior from the Yukon Territory.  The experts are concerned they may be carrying a parasite that could devastate local moose populations...

A Mule Deer Mystery On The Chena River May 19, 2017 Alaska, aksportingjournal.com
... Mule deer are not indigenous to Alaska, but occasional sightings have been reported in the eastern Interior since at least the 1970s ...  In addition to winter tick, mule deer may also carry other pathogens potentially fatal to moose and caribou including liver flukes, deer adenovirus and brain worm...

... Biologists have expected winter ticks eventually will come to Alaska but hadn’t thought they’d come this soon. The state is home to other species of ticks... Winter ticks are particularly harmful to moose and are blamed for major moose die-offs in New Hampshire...

Threat of moose-killing tick infestation looms as far-north climate warms May 6, 2017 Alaska, Alaska Dispatch News
... the winter tick, is spreading north and west as winters become shorter and now is knocking at Alaska's border... has already devastated moose populations in New England and the upper Midwest, has been confirmed in Canada's Yukon Territory and in the Northwest Territories ...

...  revoke a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule banning most predator control on Alaska refuges ... Alaska's mandate for killing predators comes from a law passed by the state Legislature recognizing that certain moose, caribou, and deer populations are especially important human food sources ...

POLL: Should Alaska’s refuges be opened for hunting again?  March 27, 2017 Alaska,  focusingonwildlife.com
... Obama-era rule specifically prohibits hunting for predator control, which refers to killing predators in order to protect another species. Wolves, coyotes, and other meat eaters feed on ungulates such as deer and moose, which many Alaskans rely on for food...

If intensive game management works, show us the numbers January 11, 2017 Alaska, Alaska Dispatch News
... Intensive management is supposed to consider both predator control and habitat enhancement as ways to boost moose and caribou populations. But habitat manipulation is difficult, expensive and often controversial ... Consequently, intensive management often boils down to shooting or trapping predators...

Prince of Wales deer season extended, wolf season ended December 26, 2016 Alaska, Alaska Public Radio Network
... “One of their justifications for going ahead was that at that time the deer population seems to be healthy ... The series of mild winters had been really good to the deer and that the deer harvest data is reflecting that deer populations seem to be good,”

Horizontal Transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease in Reindeer [PDF] 2016, Alaska, SJ Moore, R Kunkle, MHW Greenlee, E Nicholson…
... In 2005, we challenged reindeer fawns from a farm in Alaska, USA, where CWD had never been reported, by intracranial inoculation (7) with pooled brain material from CWD affected elk from South Dakota (CWDelk), CWD-affected mule deer from Wyoming (CWDmd), or CWD from whitetailed deer from Wisconsin combined with brain material from experimentally challenged white-tailed deer (CWDwtd) ... Reindeer were susceptible to chronic wasting disease regardless of source species. Horizontal transmission occurred through direct contact or indirectly through the environment...

Wildlife troopers in Sitka discover carcasses of 4 deer not salvaged November 5, 2016 Alaska, Alaska Dispatch News
... multiple Sitka black-tailed deer carcasses dumped along "the Sitka road system," ... submit tips anonymously to Alaska Fish and Wildlife Safeguard at 800-478-3377.

... A Petersburg man and a teenager aboard a fishing vessel shot and killed a half-dozen deer as the animals were swimming in Southeast Alaska waters over the weekend ...

State bases Alaska game management on politics, not science August 18, 2016 Alaska Dispatch News
... state predator control is required if hunters aren't satisfied with the number of moose, caribou and deer they are harvesting ... The Alaska Legislature served up the Intensive Management Act. Reducing wolf and bear populations to artificially increase numbers of moose, caribou and deer for human harvest ...


Deer rescue operation occurs off Juneau's Shelter Island July 28, 2016 Alaska, Alaska Public Radio Network
... The deer was struggling to stay above water ... eventually able to lasso the deer and pull it onto the boat... The crew was able to drop the deer off at Shelter Island ...

Block Fish and Wildlife Service refuge rule: Agency proposes to limit some hunting practices in dispute with state July 19, 2016 Alaska, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
...  the state has an intensive game management law ... that it uses to achieve management of moose, caribou and deer for human consumption. The Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t allow predator control programs on any federal refuges in Alaska... both the Senate and House versions of the Interior Department budget contain language thwarting the Fish and Wildlife Service rule ...

... we examined numbers of harvested individuals and biomass yield associated with reducing a population from 14,500 to 10,000 individuals over 3, 5 and 8 years. We compared harvest of cow—calf pairs versus unaccompanied females. The higher potential for adult female survival compared with calf survival to impact population growth rate resulted in higher yields from cow—calf harvests. Achieving the population objective required the mean annual harvest of 889, 626 and 477 cow—calf pairs or 1161, 805 and 605 unaccompanied females, for the three harvest durations, respectively... Over a five-year period, cow—calf harvests yielded approximately 56% more individuals and 17% greater biomass, an estimated difference of 130 metric tonnes...

... Deer populations around Petersburg’s Mitkof Island have been low in recent years...  DNA is important because scientists can identify individual deer. Seeing the same deer over and over helps them find out how many deer are in the general area...“If there’s more deer pellets on the ground that’s generally can be an indication of more deer,” ...

My Turn: 'Road to nowhere' to cost $3M May 1, 2016 Alaska, Juneau Empire 
...  a 2.4-mile “pioneer road” on West Douglas Island was approved... The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recommended against authorization of this project because of damage to important deer and salmonid habitat. They feel the road should be moved to a lower elevation....

 ... We examined 6 combinations of future timber harvest, winter severity, wolf harvest regulations, and roads on population dynamics of deer and wolves, developed by a panel of experts. Results. Outcomes across scenarios after 30 years varied, with changes in wolf abundance ranging from a 156% increase to a 41% decline, whereas deer abundance declined from 10−37% after 30 years...

Reindeer Racing February 23, 2016 Alaska, McGill Tribune 
...  Reindeer—more commonly known as caribou in North America—are a species of deer native to arctic, subarctic, tundra, boreal, and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America. Both male and female reindeer grow and shed antlers each year ...

Fairbanks debates federal proposal on predator hunts February 14, 2016 Alaska, m.juneauempire.com ·
... The rules proposed in January would prohibit brown bear baiting, killing wolves and coyotes during the denning season and targeting bears with snares or traps. Hunts like those violate the agency’s conservation mission by deliberately targeting predators to increase the output of large game animal like deer, caribou and moose for human consumption ...

How a deer can cause a plane crash January 29, 2016 Alaska, KCAW Raven Radio Foundation
... deer...  Carcasses have been washing up on the runway since November, attracting birds...  “If a bird strikes a plane, chances are it could severely damage the turbine to the point of completely destroying that engine.” ...

Locals fault forest plan for impacts to deer, salmon habitat January 23, 2016 Alaska, KFSK
... The agency in November released its draft Tongass Land and Resource Management plan, spelling out where logging and other development is allowed on the forest. The plan reflects unanimous recommendation by a fifteen-person Tongass Advisory Committee on transitioning to a harvest of younger, second growth trees on areas that have already been logged... Public comment on the plan is open through February 22nd...

... U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is looking to stop a proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ban on some bear, wolf and coyote hunts on federal wildlife refuges in the state...

... "Although the Alexander Archipelago wolf faces several stressors throughout its range related to wolf harvest, timber harvest, road development, and climate-related events in Southeast Alaska and coastal British Columbia, the best available information indicates that populations of the wolf in most of its range are likely stable," ...

Shrubs on warming North Slope attract moose, hares November 11, 2015 Alaska, ScienceDaily.com
... the longer growing season has resulted in an estimated 78 percent increase in shrub height  ... Ken Tape, an assistant professor with the University of Alaska  ... in the journal Global Change Biology...  the arrival of moose on the North Slope within the past century also could be part of that shift, although other factors such as hunting pressure make their migration history more complicated...

... The coastal temperate rainforest is one of the rarest ecosystems in the world, and a major portion of the global total is found in Southeast Alaska. In this ecosystem, Sitka black-tailed deer are the dominant large herbivore ... winter weather had the strongest influence on population dynamics, via reduced over-winter fawn survival, with mass at birth and gender ratio of fawns important secondary drivers...

Unusual sighting: mule deer in Interior Alaska September 18, 2015 News Miner
... Area wildlife biologist Don Young, with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, doesn’t think Houx’s photo is a hoax. Several reports of a young male mule deer have come in recently from the Eielson area ...

Any deer season to open Sept. 15 September 11, 2015 Alaska, Juneau Empire 
... Douglas, Lincoln, Shelter and Sullivan islands ... rebound in the area’s deer population ...

Deer outlook, reports positive August 21, 2016  JuneauEmpire.com
... Deer populations look relatively strong ...  deer are recovering from a harsh 2006-2007 winter ... 

Deer, elk seasons open for Petersburg-Wrangell areas August 6, 2015 Alaska, wrangellsentinel.com
...  In 2013, around 800 hunters reported harvesting 476 deer, down from 852 in 2003.  Deer populations on islands in the area have lately been at around half of what they had been a decade ago ... deer populations may see slight improvements this season due to a largely snow-free winter ...

Deer hunting season opens Saturday, Aug. 1 July 31, 2015 Alaska, Juneau Empire 
... with good fawn production and very little, if any, winter mortality. Aerial surveys have observed hundreds of deer in the alpine areas in the month of July. Because of the rebound in the population, hunters are encouraged to include female deer in their harvest, once the legal season opens later this year...

Reindeer expert, apprentices ease herd into new home July 18, 2015 Alasa, thedutchharborfisherman.com
... 29 reindeer arrived in early June to the Alaska Peninsula village of Port Heiden, where the community is reviving a long-dormant tradition of reindeer herding. Now, a traditional herder and two teenage apprentices are taking on the challenges of establishing and sustaining a herd where there hasn't been one for several generations...

... Deer pellet counts are our primary tool for monitoring the deer population ... This year's mean pellet count shows an improvement from last year but is still in the range of our previous low points like in the early 2000s ... Hunter reports suggest that the situation may improving faster than the pellets indicate... Things are getting better but they're not back to normal yet...

... Alexander Archipelago wolves (Canis lupus ligoni) has plummeted from 221 to as low as 60, according to data released last week...  “Because old-growth logging has reduced habitat for Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves and humans are competing for fewer deer.”..

RD Boertje, MM Ellis, KA Kellie - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2015
...  After controlling for −1-year errors associated with the seasonal transition period, we found evidence for errors accumulating with age. We found no significant difference in accuracy based on which tooth was sectioned... Thus, we recommend the more easily extracted canine for estimating moose age...

Ketchikan Deer Lands Two California Men in Court April 8, 2015 Alaska, Alaska Native New
... a vehicle smashing into a deer on the Third Avenue Bypass in Ketchikan. The caller reported that the occupants... exited the truck, loaded the deer and left the scene ... charged with Failure to Notify Authorities of the Road Kill...

State game board to review deer seasons, limits for Sitka January 8, 2015 Alaska, KCAW Raven Radio Foundation 
... The point of the proposal, which was submitted by a member of the public, is not to protect does — it’s to protect fawns. Because what we commonly call “doe season” is actually “any deer season,” and shooting even fawns is legal... Review the Sitka-area proposals.See the Board of Game agenda.  Listen to the live stream of this weekend’s (Jan 9-13, 2015) meeting...

Gifts of deer January 2, 2014 Alaska, Juneau Empire
... Ancestors of Sitka black-tail deer began to wander north to Southeast Alaska at the end of the Pleistocene Epoch, as glaciers receded ... Alaska Department Fish and Game researchers estimate there are around 200,000 in Southeast, with hunters annually harvesting around 12,300...

   Management goals for Sitka black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis) at
Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge are to minimize deer impacts to native flora and
fauna while maintaining subsistence harvest opportunities. Accomplishment of
these goals requires statistically-robust estimates of deer abundance. We
estimated deer abundances in non-forested, non-mountainous habitats of southern
Kodiak Island using double observer (mark-recapture) distance sampling applied
to traditional line-transect aerial counts... This survey provides the first statisticallyrobust
means of indexing annual trends in deer densities and abundances on
Kodiak Island

Deer-vehicle accidents average October 28, 2014 Alaska, WisNew
... brings deer crashes on county roads to 22 since Oct. 1. That compared to 21 in 2013 and 32 in 2012 during this same reporting period...

Two Coast Guard members cited for wasting game October 22, 2014 Alaska, m.juneauempire.com 
...  they illegally dumped a deer and four whole ducks on Montana Creek Road earlier this month...  the large buck found on the roadside Oct. 1 was barely salvaged yet its antlers were removed. Four whole ducks were found nearby...

... “The forecast remains pretty poor ...The reason for the decline in the population remains somewhat unknown. We know that we had a series of deep snow winters. We had three winters back to back with well above average snow fall.” ... they are never going to get a precise population estimate on deer...

Timber sale awarded to mill in southeast Alaska October 3, 2014 Alaska, Washington Times
... The conservation groups that have sued have raised concerns about the wolf and deer populations, old-growth logging and the health of the region’s small mills if Viking won the bid...

... "this Court finds ... the Forest Service still has not adequately explained its decision to approve the four logging projects"...  Larry Edwards, Greenpeace Forest Campaigner. “The logging plans did not take into account that these areas are already struggling to sustain a high enough deer population to allow timber sales, while still meeting the requirement to provide enough deer to sustain wolves and deer hunters...

Another deer found with wire snare near Sitka September 17, 2014 Alaska, Ktoo 
... Like its predecessor, this deer received antibiotics, an ear tag, and a bright orange collar with a Global Positioning System data recorder. Mooney will include the animal in a local habitat study with several other deer...

...  the largest intact old-growth temperate rain forest in the world... crucial habitat for the Alexander Archipelago wolf, which is being considered for Endangered Species Act listing, and the Sitka blacktailed deer ... "Without enough old-growth winter habitat in the forest for shelter, deer populations plummet during deep-snow winters," said Gabriel Scott, Cascadia Wildlands' Alaska legal director...

Data:  About 333,000 deer in 2017, down from about 346,000 in 2016 based on harvest data and the state forecast range.  By 2019, the deer around Prince William Sound fully recovered from the severe winter of 2011-12.  For 2015 to 2018 the Alaskan Sitka black-tailed deer population has been estimated by the state at between 333,000 and 346,000, although this is more a goal than an estimate.  Mild winters have allowed the population to trend higher into 2017 after a harsh winter in 2012,   About 200,000 deer in southeast Alaska. Sitka black-tailed deer,related to mule deer, were originally found only in Southeast Alaska.  Between 1987 and 2007 the harvest averaged about 12,330.  Periodic severe winters can significantly reduce the population.  Deer populations are still down in some areas from the severe winters of 2012 and 2006-07.  According to the 2013 Deer Management Report [PDF] "As clearcut logging continues to reduce old-growth habitat in portions of the unit (Unit 1A), many previously logged stands no longer support deer, the local deer populations are expected to decline.  Population models predict declines in deer carrying capacity of 50-60% by the end of the logging rotation in 2054."  Does were 24.4% of the 2013 harvest.

Mountain Lions are rare in Alaska, but there were three sightings reported in 2019.

Alaska DNR News

Other useful links:
- Sitka Conservation Society
Grow More Moose
- Girdwood-based Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
- Alaska Department of Fish and Game
- Alaska Hunting Regulations
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