Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai
Following a decision to implement aerial wolf hunts on the Kenai Peninsula as a means of increasing local moose populations, the Department of Fish and Game has decided to suspend those operations for at least a year in order to gather more information.
The University of Alaska Board of Regents held their spring meeting at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna late last week. Each year, the Board travels to one of the University’s satellite campuses for their April meeting. In addition to conducting regular business, these spring gatherings give the local campuses an opportunity to showcase their facilities and programs to the entire Board.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday two permit violations for seismic surveying activity around Cook Inlet. Buccaneer Energy and Apache Alaska are the two companies found to have been in violation of provisions of the Clean Water Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.
As a tough winter winds down on the Kenai Peninsula, efforts are being made to revitalize the local moose populations, which have struggled in recent years. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game approved aerial wolf hunting on the peninsula earlier this year and now, wildlife biologists have started a new, high-tech study to learn more about what can be done to bring back the moose.
High energy prices, new technology and a favorable business climate are all contributing factors to a resurgence of natural resource development along the Cook Inlet. However, the race to get to those untold quantities of oil and gas has led to what some are calling a Wild West mentality among developers.