Thursday is the start of the caribou hunt in Alaska. The only interior herd to be hunted is the Fortymile herd, which has a population estimated at over 50,000. The quota for the herd is 250, 100 to the Taylor Highway area and 150 to the Steese Highway. All one needs is a registration permit, which means there will be thousands of hunters vying for the hundred of caribou allotted.
Recent surveys show that there are too many caribou along the roadways, so sections of the hunting area have been closed. With the caribou so close to the road, wildlife officials believe the quota could be surpassed even on the first day, which is the reason for the closures. The Nelchina herd have also been mixing with the Fortymile herd, which results in closures of that area as well, as the Nelchina herd is off limits to hunting.
Tuesday, the department closed another 50 miles of the Taylor Highway to hunting. Hunting is now closed south of the Fortymile River bridge at 112.6 Mile. From Newsminer.com .