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The State of Alaska Requests Stay in Manning Decision

Anchorage – The State of Alaska has requested a temporary stay of last week’s decision in order to work with the other parties to try to achieve some sort of resolution that preserves hunting opportunities for the August – September hunts impacted by the decision.  A recent Superior Court decision is posing many complications as hunting season approaches.  Judge Bauman concluded on July 9th that the Unit 13 Community Harvest Program and Tier I caribou hunts adopted by the Alaska Board of Game in 2009 should not move forward.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) alerted the public and permittees for the GMU-13 hunts that the issue may not yet be settled.  The following announcement was posted on the ADF&G website following receipt of the decision on July 12th:

The Board of Game designated Tier 1 registration hunt and community harvest permits for GMU 13 caribou and moose are currently invalidated due to a court decision on July 12th. Permits for the August caribou registration hunt were mailed last week. Successful permit holders should retain their notice. The state will evaluate options and notify hunters and permit holders of decisions and any consequences prior to the August hunt.  GMU 13 Court Decision, July 12, 2010 pdf (6 MB)

Permit holders under the Community Harvest program and their family members are unable to hunt in any other area as a condition of receiving the permit.

“If we’re not able to find a solution that’s going to make it much more difficult for 800 to1200 families to put food on their tables winter.” said Corey Rossi, director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation for ADF&G.  The state has a real concern for the hundreds of Alaskans that will be affected by this ruling.  The voided Tier I permits could only be used if the Court grants a temporary stay.  Without a stay the Tier I hunts must be cancelled.

Kevin Saxby with the Attorney General’s Office said, “The state’s first priority is to abide by the court’s order.  However, we are very concerned that, due to the timing of the order, the fall caribou and moose hunts will have to be shut down.  We don’t think that’s in anyone’s interest, so the state is working with the parties and the court to avoid a shutdown and bring some certainty to people who depend on this hunt.”

The Alaska Board of Game will meet soon to consider emergency action necessitated by the decision.

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