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KODIAK - Elk hunting opens in parts of Alaska on Saturday, but the state's Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order that closes part of Afognak Island and limits hunting to female elk.
The department warns that herds have an unacceptably low number of male elk, and any further hunting would jeopardize the herd's future.
Eight Roosevelt elk calves were brought to Afognak in 1929 from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. The elk population reached nearly 1,500 by 1965, but heavy snow and hard winters thinned the herd to about 900.
Hunters must be able to prove the elk they killed are female.
Last year, 146 hunters hunted elk in Alaska, but bagged just 13 animals.