The Thorne Bay and Craig Districts Ranger, Matt Anderson, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, closed the Federal public lands of Unit 2 to the “harvest” of wolf from 11:59 P.M., Tuesday, December 18, 2018 until 11:59 P.M., March 31, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) closed the state wolf hunting and trapping seasons in Unit 2 at 11:59 P.M. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.
Unit 2 consists of Prince of Wales Island and all islands west of the center lines of Clarence Strait and Kashevaroff Passage; south and east of the center lines of Sumner Strait; and east of the longitude of the westernmost point on Warren Island.
ADF&G and the U.S. Forest Service jointly set the regulatory year 2018 (July 2018 – June 2019) Unit 2 wolf hunting and trapping harvest quota at 45 wolves. ADF&G currently manages Unit 2 wolves for an annual harvest that should not exceed 20 percent of the most recent unit-wide, fall population estimate. The RY 2018 harvest quota of forty-five wolves is 20% of the fall 2017 population estimate (225 wolves). Other forms of human-caused mortality including documented wounding loss and illegal harvest also count toward the harvest quota. As of Wednesday evening, December 12, 2018, a total of 26 wolves taken in Unit 2 had been sealed. Managers anticipate that by/after the closure date additional harvest by hunters and trappers still in the field will reach or surpass the quota.* Therefore, the wolf hunting and trapping seasons have been closed by emergency order.
*Both ADF&G & FSB attempt to enforce a season’s quota by counting skins that are brought in for sealing.
FSB regulation: skins taken by hunting and trapping must be sealed within 14 days. ADF&G: wolves taken by hunting require “skin” sealing within 30 days.
For additional information, please contact Tom Schumacher at (907) 465-4267 (ADF&G) or Matt Anderson at (907) 826-3271, or Jeff Reeves at (907) 826-1649 (USFS).
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