FAIRBANKS - The 2010 Fortymile caribou hunt went as planned for fish and game officials: a late start and one unexpected closing limited the number of caribou killed, preserving herd numbers before a new conservation plan is drawn up in 2012.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Alaska Board of Game pushed back the caribou hunt from Aug. 10 to Aug. 29 and prevented hunters from shooting female caribou.
Central Fish and Game Advisory Committee member Bill Glanz says the late start reduced the concentration of caribou on two main roads and prevented the "mass murder" that accompanies hunts with an earlier start.
Hunters killed 454 caribou in the fall hunt over three sites, less than the 600-caribou limit. Each hunting site remained open until the scheduled Sept. 30 closure.