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Nabesna Area ORV Regulations Proposed by Wrangell-St. Elias
A regulation package for the management of off-road vehicle (ORV) use in the Nabesna District of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve was published in the Federal register on Jan. 15. It is available for public review and comment for 60 days. More »
HEADQUARTER’S VISITOR CENTER TO REOPEN FOR THE SUMMER
The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center in Copper Center will re-open on April 1, 2014. More »
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Seeks Candidates for Subsistence Resource Commission
Nominations for candidates to fill upcoming vacancies on the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission are being accepted through March 31, 2014. More »
Hearings Set for Hunting and Domestic Goat Restrictions
The National Park Service is holding public hearings in March on temporary restrictions for certain sport hunting practices in several national preserves in Alaska. WRST will also take comments on a proposal to prohibit domestic goats. More »
Human-Bear Conflicts in the Kennecott Valley
masters thesis by James Wilder
From 1999-2002, I had the good fortune to conduct bear research in the Kennicott Valley of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, the very first bear research ever conducted within the park boundaries. The NPS commissioned this study in response to the increasing number of bear-human conflicts reported in the Kennicott valley in the years leading up to 1999, particularly near the “end of the road.” The potential for human injury and property damage as a result of these conflicts seemed to be increasing, and yet there were no data available as to why this might be.
This study was funded by the National Park Service in order to address three major objectives:
I decided to use the relatively new technique of non-invasive genetic sampling (NGS) to accomplish this task. In a nutshell, NGS involves collecting hair and tissue samples from barbwire “hair traps,” rub trees, bears killed in “defense of life or property” (DLP), and from conflict sites where a bear left a hair sample (for example, a dumpster tipped over by a bear). Genetic analysis of these samples yields the species, sex, and individual identification of the bear that provided the sample. The use of NGS negates the need to trap, drug, handle, and collar large numbers of bears. In fact, the bears are never aware that they are being studied.
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Did You Know?
The Kennecott mill town and mines are an extraordinary relic from America's past. The impressive structures and artifacts that remain represent an ambitious time of exploration, discovery, and technological innovation.