An emergency order has closed registration mountain goat hunting (RG150) for the 2011 season in Game Management Unit 4 on Baranof Island. The affected areas are the Blue Lake, Glacier Lake, Bear Lake, Indigo Lake and Medvejie Lake drainages and the south fork of the Katlian River drainage.
The closures are a result of overall goat population declines, indications that nannies harvested are compromising the population reproductive component, the majority of population concentrating hunters in a smaller geographical area and recent location information from radio-collared goats showing small home ranges and high seasonal fidelity in the Blue Lake area.
The majority of Baranof Island will remain open for goat hunting but will be managed with a maximum point total as a guideline harvest cap in watersheds and geographical zones. As in prior seasons, nanny harvest will be more restrictive than billy harvest when applied to the point total. If and when point totals are met, emergency orders will be issued to close additional watersheds and zones to prevent an overharvest of goats.
All hunters registering for the hunt this season will be required to certify they have read the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Mountain Goat Identification Quiz. The quiz is available online at http://bit.ly/n9PA1o or downloaded in PDF format at http://bit.ly/mQjyog.
All successful hunters must submit goat horns for age and sex identification, as well as their hunt report, within 5 days of the kill. Unsuccessful hunters and hunters who registered but did not hunt must return their completed hunt reports to the ADF&G office in Sitka by the close of business on Jan. 16, 2012.
A public meeting/hearing is scheduled at Sitka’s Centennial Hall on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Contact the Sitka Area office at 747-5449 for information.