Alaska Board of Game Addressing Nelchina Caribou Herd Issues

Associated Press

The Alaska Board of Game will hold a special meeting next week in Anchorage.

The special meeting was scheduled to deal with legal problems that arose this summer surrounding the Nelchina caribou herd community hunt.

But the board added items to the Oct. 8 special meeting at which public input is limited.

The board will now also be considering Alaska Department of Fish and Game proposals setting trapping seasons for black bears; re authorizing predator control near Glennallen and instituting new policies that could be in place for years for managing Alaska’s wolves and bears.

A conservation group and a former Fish and Game employee-turned-watchdog say the limitations of the special meeting will result in Alaskans getting shortchanged when deciding some of Alaska’s most important wildlife issues.

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