The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has issued an emergency order to close mountain goat hunting season for the area of Unit 1 (C) from Eagle Glacier/River north to Davies Creek. The closing is effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight.
Area management biologist Ryan Scott said goat hunting in the area had to be cut short because aerial surveys revealed only four adult goats and three kids in this area. He said this is too small a number for this area.
"It's important to get it shut down because in that small area we should be seeing more goats than that," said Scott.
"We don't know what's going on but we certainly don't want any more losses there. With so few goats available, even one goat (hunted) could have significant impact."
He said goat hunting is still open in Southeast Alaska. He said the closed area is only a small portion of the hunting area and there's a bigger one from Davies Creek north into Berners Bay that's still open.
Scott said the season normally runs from Oct. 1-Nov. 30.
He explained that these emergency orders are normally issued when the maximum number of animals has been taken before a hunting season ends.
Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.