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Intensive Management in Alaska
Alaska's Predator Control Programs
Intensive management (IM) programs are authorized under a specific procedure where the Alaska Board of Game determines a particular ungulate population important for human harvest then sets population and harvest objectives for deer, caribou, or moose in those specific areas. Those programs are listed under Active IM Programs or Inactive IM Programs on these pages. For other prey species harvested by hunters or in other areas, the Commissioner of ADF&G may authorize predator control to recover depleted prey populations under Alaska Statute 16.05.020(2), and the Board may adopt regulations for similar purpose under AS 16.05.255(a)(6). Programs authorized under either of these authorities are listed under Other Programs.
Predator control programs authorized under intensive management regulations are currently active in eight specific areas in Alaska, covering approximately 10% of the state’s land area. These programs are designed to reduce predation by wolves or bears and increase moose, caribou, or deer populations that are a needed food source for Alaskans.
Each predator control program employs specific methods to increase sustainable ungulate harvest. In these areas, predators will be reduced but not permanently eliminated. The goal is to allow humans to take more ungulates, while also maintaining sustainable populations of predators.
Before any predator control program begins, the Alaska Board of Game adopts a predation control implementation plan. Those plans, formally adopted in the Alaska Administrative Code in Title 5, Chapter 92, contain detailed information about each predation control area. You will find links to the regulation and implementation plan for each program listed here. View the entire Intensive Management and Predator Control section (5 AAC 92.106 – 5 AAC 92.127).
Click the links below to view more information about each program. You may also view the Unit Map.