Using her regional expertise and her knowledge of St. Lawrence Island, Metcalf has been translating subsistence hunters’ testimony into English for the review of co-management project. Communities involved in this review include St. Paul Island, Atka, Akutan, Utqiagvik, and St. Lawrence Island.
The spring/summer season runs from April 3rd to August 31st and includes a mandatory 30-day closure that each region must choose for their hunters in order to accommodate bird nesting. Brandon Ahmasuk notes that emperor geese can still be harvested this season and during the fall/winter sport season, like they were in 2017.
The Federal Subsistence Board approved an emergency special action to restrict the harvest limit to one antlered bull moose from Unit 22D remainder for the Dec. 1-31 season.
According to a statement released today from the Fish and Wildlife Service, their decision is “based on a rigorous evaluation of the best available science, which indicates the population appears stable, and the species has demonstrated an ability to adapt to changing conditions.”