Wildlife Restrictions

A river flowing through a mountainous spruce covered valley
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve (NPS Photo - Kevyn Jalone)

Thank you for your interest in Alaska's National Parks. The following restrictions for taking wildlife are in effect in national preserves:

Prohibit Use of Artificial Light When Taking Black Bear Sows or Cubs at Den Site

Pursuant to Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), sections 13.40 and 13.50, the National Park Service (NPS) has determined it is necessary to restrict the take of black bears using artificial light at den sites and the take of black bear cubs and sows with cubs at den sites in Denali and Gates of the Arctic National Preserves. These changes are in response to changes in state law.

13.40(e) Temporary closures or restrictions to the taking of fish and wildlife (black bears)
  • From October 15 through April 30, artificial light may not be used to take a black bear at a den site except to retrieve a dead bear or dispatch a wounded bear as authorized by state law in Denali and Gates of the Arctic National Preserves.
  • From October 15 through April 30, a person may not take a cub bear or a female bear accompanied by a cub bear at a den site in Denali and Gates of the Arctic National Preserves.

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Prohibit Use of Bait for Taking of Brown Bears

Pursuant to Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), sections 13.40 and 13.50, the National Park Service has determined it is necessary to restrict the take of brown bears at bait stations in Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserves. These changes are in response to recent changes in state law.

13.40(e) Temporary closures or restrictions to the taking of fish and wildlife (brown bears)
  • A person may not take a brown bear at a bait station from April 15 through June 30 in Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserves.

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Shortening Open Season for Wolves & Coyotes

Pursuant to Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), sections 13.40 and 13.50, the National Park Service has determined it is necessary to restrict the take of wolves and coyotes during the timeframe coyotes and wolves are denning in Alagnak Wild River and Aniakchak, Bering Land Bridge, Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Katmai, Lake Clark, Noatak, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserves. These changes are in response to recent changes in state law. The result is that wolves and coyotes will remain protected during the period when they are raising vulnerable offspring and their pelts have little trophy, economic, or subsistence value. This change makes the affected closure dates for wolves and coyotes more consistent with Federal subsistence seasons.

13.40(e) Temporary closures or restrictions to the taking of fish and wildlife (wolves/coyotes)
  • The take of wolves or coyotes under state regulations is prohibited from May 1 through August 9 in Alagnak Wild River and Aniakchak, Bering Land Bridge, Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Katmai, Lake Clark, Noatak, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserves.

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Last Updated: May 27, 2014