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For purposes of implementing AS 16.05.255 (e) - (g), the Board of Game (board) will
(1) consider the following criteria when identifying big game prey populations that are important for providing high levels of human consumptive use:
(A) harvest size: the average annual historic human harvest meets or exceeds values as follows:
(i) caribou: 100
(ii) deer: 500
(iii) moose: 100
(B) accessibility to harvest;
(C) utilization for meat: a population that is used primarily for food; and
(D) level of hunter demand: as reflected by total hunter effort, number of applications for permits, or other indicators;
(2) consider the following criteria when establishing population objectives and harvest objectives for each identified big game prey population consistent with maintaining near maximum sustainable yield from the population:
(A) effects of weather, habitat capability, diseases, and parasites;
(B) maintenance of viable predator populations;
(C) maintenance of habitat conditions suitable for other species in the area;
(D) effects on subsistence users;
(E) cost, feasibility, and potential effectiveness of possible management actions;
(F) land ownership patterns within the range of the population;
(G) accessibility to harvest; and
(H) other factors considered relevant by the board;
(3) find that depletion of a big game prey population or reduction of the productivity of a big game prey population has occurred when
(A) the number of animals, estimated by the department, that can be removed by human harvest from a population, or portion of a population, on an annual basis without reducing the population below the population objective, preventing growth of the population toward the population objective at a rate set by the board, or altering a composition of the population in a biologically unacceptable manner is less than the harvest objective for the population; and
(B) the population size is less than the population objective for the population;
(4) determine whether a finding made under (3) of this section may result in a significant reduction in the allowable human harvest of the population;
(5) not consider as significant:
(A) any reduction in taking that continues to allow a level of harvest equal to or greater than the minimum harvest objective established by the board; or
(B) any reduction in taking that is intended or expected to be of a short-term and temporary nature and is necessary for the conservation of the population.
(6) utilize active management of habitat and predation as the major tools to reverse any significant reduction in the allowable human harvest of the population.
History: Eff. 7/1/98, Register 146; add'l am 7/1/98, Register 146
Authority: AS 16.05.020
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