Herd appears to be growing

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011

ANCHORAGE — The Porcupine Caribou herd appears to be growing.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says herd numbers are up significantly since a count 10 years ago when there were an estimated 123,000 animals.

Alaska and Canada cooperatively manage the herd in the northeastern part of Alaska and in Canada.

State biologist Beth Lenart says a photocensus of the herd was conducted in July 2010 and numbers are still being counted. She says the herd declined from 178,000 caribou in 1989 to 123,000 in 2001. But now, concerns that the herd is continuing to decline are evaporating.

Fish and Game says the final estimate should be ready by early March.

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