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January 2020

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Kicking and Stomping
Moose Hooves are a Formidable Defense

By Riley Woodford

Moose are not usually aggressive but they can be dangerous under certain circumstances. More people are injured in Alaska by moose than by bears.

Unlike bears, moose don’t bite. They kick. In a moose’s world, where bears and wolves want to eat you and are especially eager to eat your babies, kicking and stomping can be a formidable defense. Sometimes people wind up on the wrong end of those hooves, usually belonging to a defensive mother moose.

In late May of 2019, a ...   Moose Kicking Article Continued

Reflecting on Our Shared Resources
A Historical Perspective on Wildlife Management

By Rick Merizon

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to the 2020s. I’m personally not one for New Year’s resolutions, nonetheless it’s hard not to acknowledge the significance of changing times, the dawning of a new decade (whew, the 2010s went fast!), and the longing for spring and new beginnings. Despite my bah-humbug approach to New Year’s resolutions it does seem to be a very appropriate time to reflect upon a topic that is near and dear to most Alaskans, myself included, and I suspect ...   Our Shared Resources Article Continued

Hunter Access Program offers grant opportunities

By Lisa Delaney

We have exciting news from the Hunter Access Program — as of the new year, we are opening our USFWS Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) funding to the public! Our hope is to help fund diverse, community-driven Hunter Access projects — local projects that will meet local needs.

The application period officially opened on Dec. 23rd, 2019 and will remain open until April 20th, 2020. Detailed information on this timeline and our application process can be found here.

Until ...   Hunter Access Article Continued

Learning to Love Life on Snowshoes

By Clark Fair

When I was in elementary school, my father decided it was time for me to experience the joys of snowshoeing. He’d already taught me how to freeze my tail off while ice-fishing, and how to sweep the porch and shovel snow. While waiting for me to grow large enough to tromp around in a pair of his old, heavy military-issue cross-country skis, he probably figured it was about time to introduce me to another method of travel in the great outdoors.

In the mid-1960s, snowshoeing came with ...   Life on Snowshoes Article Continued