wildlife

Elizabeth Earl / KDLL

Jason Oles knows a lot about bears. He’s worked among Kodiak brown bears, Rocky Mountain grizzlies, North Slope polar bears, and Kenai Peninsula black bears, on various national parks and wildlife refuges. Now a ranger at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, he says there are definitely a few tricks to living, working, and recreating among bears.

Alaska Department of Public Safety

A Nikiski woman was trampled by a cow moose Monday evening when she got too close to her newborn calf, according to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

Fifty-one-year-old Crystal Cook was medevaced to Anchorage after the run-in, which occurred on her property before 7 p.m. Alaska Wildlife Trooper Joe Morris said Cook was reported to be in stable condition.

Kenai Peninsula College hosted a two-part series of presentations on the possible effects of climate change on the future of fishing and hunting on the Kenai Peninsula. Part two focused on wildlife, featuring John Morton, retired supervisory biologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and Erin Shew and Hope Roberts with the Chugach Regional Research Commission.

The full Zoom presentation is available on the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase page on Facebook.

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The Alaska Moose Federation, a nonprofit that salvages road-kill moose and brings them to member charities and individuals, is suspending its operations due to lack of funds.

It’s not the first time the organization, with trucks in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla and Kenai, has put things on pause. It shut down partly in 2014 due to loss of funding but stabilized with new leadership in 2015, under current Executive Director Don Dyer.

That year, it signed a contract with the Alaska Department of Transportation that provided a steady source of funding. When that contract ended, in 2017, AMF suspended the salvage program again.

Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters responded to a small grass fire in the Kasilof area yesterday along K-Beach Road. According to the Alaska interaction Coordination Center, a caller reported that a bald eagle struck a power line and caused a spark to fall and ignite the grass in the ditch below.

Elizabeth Earl / KDLL

  This weekend, Kenai’s celebrity eagles welcomed their first eaglet of the season, to the delight of viewers watching the City of Kenai’s eagle cam.

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Alaska hunters spent an unhappy 24 hours reeling from an announcement that all spring bear hunting would be closed through May 31.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s decision was released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 5 p.m. April 1. The emergency order states says the decision is meant to prevent travelers from bringing the coronavirus to rural communities, which do not have adequate health care resources to deal with an outbreak.

Ted Spraker, chair of the Alaska Board of Game, said the decision is out of the board’s hands.

“None of this is a biological issue. All of this is just a coronavirus, people issue,” Spraker said. “Normally, the governor does not get involved in wildlife management issues. That’s what he has the Board of Game and the commissioner for, and all the Fish and Game staff. This was more public safety than game management.”

Jenny Neyman/KDLL

Humans in Alaska are required to stay home as much as possible these days but global pandemics and government mandates have no say over wildlife. As daylight lengthens, snow melts and nature edges toward spring, bears might soon show up in a social distance near you.

“They are definitely starting to come out. We haven’t had too many reports yet. I believe it would have been about a week and a half ago we had a black bear report here in Soldotna,” said Jacob Pelham, a wildlife technician with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Soldotna. “It wasn’t necessarily getting into trouble, it was just probably coming out of its den and walking around looking for food. So people just need to keep that in mind, that this is definitely the time of year right now that bears are going to be coming out and looking for snacks.” 

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is hoping for help from people in Kenai in locating a moose with a snare around its muzzle.

Jacob Pelham, a wildlife technician at Fish and Game’s Soldotna office, says department personnel responded to reports of the moose on Saturday. They found a young bull, maybe 3 or 4 years old, near the Burger Bus in Old Town Kenai. A snare was wrapped around what appears to be only its upper muzzle.

“From what we could see, the snare loop looks like it was just around, say like the top jaw, and it was possibly back far enough,” Pelham said. “We were able to observe, the moose was still able to browse on trees and was still able to eat snow. As far as that goes, it doesn’t look like it’s immediately affecting its quality of life. Although it seems like it is probably uncomfortable, it’s not keeping the animal from making a living right now.”

Dave Atcheson, Jordan Chilson, Pegge Erkeneff, Laura McIndoe, CO Rudstrom, Heddy Huss, Noah Proctor and Pete Sprague share True Tales, Told Live on the theme "Tail Tales: Stories of Animal Encouneter," Recorded Oct. 25, 2019, at Odie's Deli in Soldotna.

Kenai Eagle Cam Goes Live

May 20, 2017
City of Kenai

 

 

The Kenai Birding Festival is in full flight this weekend, but if a soggy day in the woods isn’t exactly your thing, the city of Kenai and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce have you covered with a new eagle cam. It just went live Friday. City manager Paul Ostrander showed the first public video of the nest at this week’s city council meeting.

Birding Festival Brings Attention to Changes

May 19, 2017
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The 13th annual Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival is in full swing with tons of stuff going on throughout the weekend. Ken Tarbox is a long-time organizer for the event.

“And I think what festivals do, besides awareness of the outdoors and the fun you can have in birding, it’s a social event, too. People get together, they get a chance to talk about their birding experiences in the past year, they share stories from other areas.”