Alaska Fish & Wildlife News
April 2004

Alaska's Largest Caribou Herd Grows

By Riley Woodford & Jim Dau

Alaska's largest caribou herd, the Western Arctic Caribou herd, has grown to at least 490,000 animals, according to a survey recently completed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

This vast herd ranges over a 140,000 square-mile area bounded by the Arctic Ocean, the lower Yukon River and the trans-Alaska pipeline. About 40 communities and 13,000 people are located within the range of the herd. For the indigenous people of these communities, the herd is both a vital link to their ...   Caribou Herd ArticleContinued

Invasive Wildlife are "Salmon Eating Machines"

By Charles Brazil

Northern pike are a wonderful game fish in the waterways, lakes, and streams where they are native. In Alaska, pike naturally occur north and west of the Alaska Range where, over thousands of years, they have established a balance and coexist well with other native species.

But pike have recently been transported to and released into lakes in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Valley - illegally stocked in lakes where they've never been before. They are salmon and trout-eating machines! Pike ...   Invasive Pike ArticleContinued