Alaska Deer News
Deer harvest reporting is past-due April 19, 2013 Alaska, Juneau Empire
... In 2011, The Alaska Department of Fish and Game switched from a harvest survey to a harvest report for deer ... The information hunters provide helps ... monitor populations, and recommend appropriate seasons and bag limits...
DNA research transforms deer pellets into 'libraries' April 1, 2013 Alaska, KCAW
... Todd Brinkman is a researcher with the Institute of Arctic Biology in Fairbanks. Jon Martin is an assistant professor of Biology at the University of Alaska Southeast. The two scientists make the case that DNA is revolutionizing the study of Sitka black-tailed deer... Read an article by Todd Brinkman in Fairchase, his scientific writing on estimating deer populations, and his work on hunting systems. ...
UAS Sitka offers Natural History Seminar Series talk on deer hunting March 1, 2013 Alaska, Juneau Empire
Impacts on deer and deer hunting will be the topic of the next presentation in the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus' Natural History Seminar Series. The seminar takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, in UAS Sitka Campus Room ... Todd Brinkman, PhD ... I discovered the trajectory of change might not be positive, the improved understanding of potential causes and consequences of change place hunters, wildlife biologists and land managers in a better position to strategize how to adapt.”
AWCC Mourns the Loss of Jewelie the Deer January 26, 2013 Alaska, KTUU.com
On Friday, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center mourned the loss of Jewelie, a Sitka black-tail deer, in Portage. Jewelie the deer was a long-time animal ambassador and passed away earlier this week, according to the AWWC. Jewelie was orphaned in
Brutal winter puts hurt on deer population of Prince William Sound December 4, 2012 Alaska, Alaska Dispatch
... Sitka black-tailed deer population ... following last winter's record snowfall, biologists say the population fell to an all-time low ... The science of tracking population numbers is more art than science Crowley acknowledges. While there is a long history of deer management in the Sound, it's impossible to really know what the population is. Crowley says he suspects that prior to last winter, the region supported between 20,000-40,000 animals, but now the population may be below 20,000. Methods for gathering data include deer-pellet transects and harvest reports....
Deer mortality estimated at 80% in some areas November 30, 2012 Alaska, Cordova Times
Last winter's historic snowfall buried forest plants that deer rely on, driving them down to shorelines and foods such as alder and kelp that cannot sustain them. Last season's mortality rates are estimated as high as 80%, possibly higher in some areas... According to [Dave Crowley, biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game] ... the last bad winter for the region's deer population was 1998-1999, with a 55% mortality rate. "It takes a series of mild winters for the deer to spring back, about four depending on variables," ...
Hunters cited for taking deer illegally in Sitka November 27, 2012 Alaska, Juneau Empire
... Mario F. Rivera, 45, of Sitka, Eduardo Canlas, 53, of Anchorage, and Marlon Bartolome, 58, of Anchorage, were all cited for multiple wildlife violations relaing to hunting Sitka Blacktail Deer in 2011 and early 2012.
DOE SEASON CLOSURE NORTHEAST CHICHAGOF CONTROLLED USE AREA (NECCUA) AND ADJACENT AREA OF CHICHAGOF ISLAND October 23, 2012
(Sitka) The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will close the Northeast Chichagof Controlled Use Area and an adjacent area of Chichagof Island in Game Management Unit 4 to taking of female deer (does) on October 26, 2012. This action is being taken to allow recovery of a deer population that has been substantially reduced as a result of several consecutive hard winters. An emergency order (#01-08-12) has been issued to close the doe season in this area at 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 25, 2012. The closure will remain in effect for the remainder of the State season, through December 31, 2012.
Goat survey finds “glacier deer” September 19, 2012 Alaska, KCAW
... The Sitka black-tailed deer is a buck, still in velvet. The animal is a very light, bluish gray. When a black bear has this kind of coloring, it's called a “glacier bear.” ... Neither the glacier bear nor the “glacier deer” is an albino. Mooney says it’s a recessive gene found – every once in a while – on Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof islands...
Bucks vs. does September 7, 2012 Alaska, Juneau Empire
... Many of the previous winters have been hard on the deer populations in northern Southeast Alaska ... To make a long story short, all of the does were killed. Within a week, we had identified all of the orphaned fawns. We had a really bad November — lots of snow. I believe all the bereaved fawns starved and died last winter...
Sitka Black Tailed Deer in August August 17, 2012 Alaska, Sitka Conservation Society
During August, there is food for deer everyplace... In the high alpine they find the newest and most nutritious growth. ... Deer also like the high alpine because they have both the cover of the stunted mountain hemlock trees as well as long vistas to keep a lookout on what is around then... The work of SCS to protect the forest habitat of the deer and conserve intact watersheds ensures the long-term conservation of this amazing creature.
Newborn Southeast Alaska Deer Find Refuge at Wildlife Center August 9, 2012 Alaska, SitNews, By Mary Kauffman
The Girdwood-based Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center's staff recently welcomed its second newborn Sitka Black-tailed deer of the summer from Southeast Alaska. The fawn, named “Leia” was found near the coast of Ketchikan after it was discovered that she was unable to follow her twin and mother across a waterway to safety. Leia, then six weeks old, was in a race against time as the Department of Fish & Game rescued her, just as her strength began to dwindle without the aid of her mother...
Deer Urine Banned as Scent Attractant for Hunters Keeping Chronic Wasting Disease Out of Alaska July 16, 2012, ADF&G, By Riley Woodford
When deer hunting season opens in Alaska this August, hunters will no longer be able to use any scent attractants that contain deer or elk urine.
Hunters sometimes use urine-based scents to attract deer or to mask human scent. It is sold in hunting supply stores and through on-line catalogues. Most contain urine from domestic deer, often does in estrus. Deer and elk urine is possible route into Alaska for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a degenerative, fatal illness that affects deer, moose, and elk. The disease has not yet been found in Alaska and wildlife managers are working to keep it out.
“People were using doe urine as a lure in Southeast Alaska, and research has come out showing urine could transmit CWD,” said Kimberlee Beckmen, a veterinarian with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “Most urine is produced on game farms in states where they have CWD, and there are no regulations or standards in place to ensure that scents are disease free. This is a way to completely eliminate that risk factor.”
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Data: Sitka black-tailed deer were originally found only in Southeast Alaska.
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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