mulchatna caribou

USFWS

The Federal Subsistence Board voted Tuesday to pass a temporary special action reducing the bag limit for a herd that is vital to subsistence hunting in Southwest Alaska. 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

The Bristol Bay Regional Advisory Council  led a heated discussion about management of the Mulchatna herd at its meeting in Dillingham last week. It also voted to support four of five regional subsistence proposals and oppose one statewide proposal. 

Courtesy of Togiak National Wildlife Refuge

The Mulchatna herd was only half of the minimum population objective this year. Now a proposal to reduce federal subsistence harvest limits is on the table.

USFWS/TogiakNWR

The Mulchatna caribou herd populations hover between 22,000 and 27,000. This year's herd is estimated at 13,500 caribou.