Caribou hunt to close

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The last of three fall hunts for the Fortymile caribou herd will close at midnight on Tuesday because hunters will have killed the combined harvest quota of 100 bulls.

Since 1996, hunting of the Fortymile herd has been restricted by the Fortymile Caribou Management Plan, which limits the harvest to just 150 bulls a year.

The fall quota is 100 bulls over three separate hunts. The other two fall hunts were closed last month because hunters reached or surpassed the allotted quota for those areas said biologist Craig Gardner with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Tok.

A winter season for the Fortymile herd opens Dec. 1 with a quota of 50 animals but Gardner said that quota will likely be reduced to about 40 permits because too many caribou were taken during the three fall hunts.

Hunters killed a reported 66 caribou in Unit 25C off the Steese Highway near Central in just three days before Fish and Game closed the hunt. That's more than twice the quota of 30 bulls established by Fish and Game.

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