Fortymile caribou quota reduced

Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and federal biologists have trimmed the quota harvest for the Fortymile Caribou Herd from 1,150 animals to 850.

The decision was made after a photo census of the herd was conducted June 30. Staff finished counting the caribou in the photos this week, and results showed that the herd increased about 2-4 percent during 2003. Calf production dropped below average.

Calf production for the past two years has been higher than average, contributing to an average growth of 8-10 percent since 2000.

Last year's harvest was 864 caribou.

Officials said the hunting season dates will not change.

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