Game Board limits moose hunting in Cook Inlet

Posted: Monday, March 12, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game plans to limit moose hunting on the west side Cook Inlet next fall.

The board decided over the weekend that hunting would be limited to a number of subistence users.

Board members say a series of deep-snow winters, along with increasing numbers of bears and wolves, have reduced the moose population by two-thirds since 1990, according to KTUU TV in Anchorage. The numbers are down 52 percent in just the last five years.

As a result, next fall there will only be a Tier Two hunt with 400 permits issued in the area known as Management Unit 16-B.

Greg Roczicka, the board chairman, said the hunt limit is an inevitable choice, with the way the law is set up.

The limit is one of several taken by the board in the past week to address plunging moose populations throughout much of Southcentral Alaska.

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